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Costco should give children free samples without the parents around

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Started: 12/23/2013 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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urapai

Pro

Basically, Costco is required to only give free samples to adults, and children with adults around. I believe Costco should abolish this rules. Con will be in favour of them not removing this rule.
Seek

Con

It would take exactly one 6 year old with nut allergies dying in the hallway for Costco to put the rule right back.

What possible good can come of feeding children random foods without the parents' permission?
Debate Round No. 1
urapai

Pro

"It would take exactly one 6 year old with nut allergies dying in the hallway for Costco to put the rule right back."

Firstly, Costco workers have to explain the ingredients to the buyer, explaining if there is things like eggs, milk, and nuts. Secondly, if a 6 year old takes a free sample, it is the parent's fault for letting a little boy wander in a huge building. Parents are required to take care of their children according to their terms and agreements. "Parents are responsible for their children. They must be kept with them at all times." [1]

At Costco, they offer free samples to the customers. Some give out food to the children, but sometimes there are those few people who follow the rule and say no. I believe this is unfair, and age discrimination. What if a child goes to Costco alone and is willing to buy an item, but the employees don't allow them to have a free sample? It's simply unfair.

The reason Costco does not allow children to try the free samples is because they believe a child would not purchase this item because they have no money. But some children have money to use, and are willing to buy the product. Also, a lot of adults to buy the product either.

Source:
1.http://warehouses.costco.co.uk...
Seek

Con

"Firstly, Costco workers have to explain the ingredients to the buyer, explaining if there is things like eggs, milk, and nuts."

Many children are not aware of their allergies, and many children do not make rational decisions. We do not count on children to make rational decisions. That is why places like Costco have standard practices in effect like "Get the parent's permission before you hand out ice cream to a wandering child". Also, we cannot count on the store clerks to be consistent in explaining ingredient data.

"Secondly, if a 6 year old takes a free sample, it is the parent's fault for letting a little boy wander in a huge building. Parents are required to take care of their children according to their terms and agreements. "Parents are responsible for their children. They must be kept with them at all times." "

Do you have children? They are slippery little beasts. They wander, sometimes seemingly like magic. Especially if they see someone handing out tiny bowls of ice cream. Rules are set to prevent accidents from happening. Besides, if the child has a parent with them at all times, why would a change in the rules need to be made?

"What if a child goes to Costco alone and is willing to buy an item, but the employees don't allow them to have a free sample?"
As mentioned in your own argument, children are not supposed to be in Costco alone. They certainly can't hold a membership on their own. "Membership is available to qualifying individuals aged 18 years and over."[1]

"I believe this is unfair, and age discrimination."
Life's not fair. Fair is a weather condition. Unless you'd like to show me exactly where in the law it states that it is illegal for corporations to not give free stuff to a child without their parents present. [2]

"The reason Costco does not allow children to try the free samples is because they believe a child would not purchase this item because they have no money. But some children have money to use, and are willing to buy the product. Also, a lot of adults to buy the product either."

As mentioned previously: Children cannot hold Costco memberships and are not permitted to be alone in the store, so they cannot, according to established rules, buy anything, and thus are not the target market of the free sample advertising.

1. http://warehouses.costco.co.uk...
2. http://www.agediscrimination.info...
Debate Round No. 2
urapai

Pro

urapai forfeited this round.
Seek

Con

My opponent has forfeited this round. I will await his return before pursuing the topic.
Debate Round No. 3
urapai

Pro

urapai forfeited this round.
Seek

Con

Seek forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
urapai

Pro

urapai forfeited this round.
Seek

Con

Seek forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Seek 3 years ago
Seek
Methinks it's going to be another forfeit for urpai.
Posted by Seek 3 years ago
Seek
Wah! It's so unFAIR!

At first I thought a 12 year old had snuck in, but the profile says 20.
Posted by OtakuJordan 3 years ago
OtakuJordan
Is Pro seriously in favor of this? Or is he trying to be funny?
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