The price of food will continue to be a contentious subject for as long as there is inflation, a scarcity of food, and other problems. In spite of all of this, it is highly likely that the senator from New Mexico who tweeted her nearly $800 Costco receipt had no idea that it would cause such a commotion in the public.
A Republican member of the New Mexico House of Representatives named Stefani Lord uploaded this image of her Costco receipt on social media with the caption “Thanks, Joe Biden!” One full cart at Costco, which cost $799.38, contained a total of only nine non-food items, such as paper towels, plastic bags, rubbish bags, and razors.
The responses to Lord’s Twitter tweet, which are presently restricted to those who follow her or whom she mentions, reflected her surprise at the price tag.
Someone else shared their experience, saying, “I feel your pain as we went through the exact same thing on Saturday.”
Others proceeded to inject politics into the conversation, with one participant claiming that “Joe Biden’s world is too expensive.”
Others resorted to mathematics in order to defend Costco while others turned to politics in order to criticize the retailer. An individual who uses Twitter did the arithmetic to see how much $799.38 would be on average for each item if 58 products were purchased.
“$800 divided by 58 items equals $13.80 for each item. This is not crazy in a food store that sells items in bulk, because vast quantities of each item are sold (for example, three large bottles of lotion count as one item). The typical consumer will purchase nine different goods. They posted, “I’m a Costco shopper; I couldn’t imagine buying 58 items for home use.” Costco is a warehouse store.
Another individual raised the question of whether Lord’s publication of the receipt without any information on what was really purchased is contributing to a stifling atmosphere for the discussion on the rising cost of food.
“Inflation is real, but this viral post is adding noise, rather than signal, to the discussion,” the text of their tweet said.