Costco Sorry for Putting Bible in Fiction Aisle

    November 20, 2013
    Mike Fossum
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A Costco store branch in Simi Valley, California is under fire after a local pastor discovered that Bibles had been cataloged in the fiction section of the books aisle.

Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach of Discovery Church, was browsing for a gift for his wife when he came across Bibles labelled as “fiction.” He then took to Twitter, adding the caption, “Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of fiction…hmmmm.” Members of Kaltenbach’s congregation, as well as a significant number of people worldwide, were outraged.

Costco quickly issued a public apology:

“Costco’s distributor mislabeled a small percentage of the Bibles, however we take responsibility and should have caught the mistake. We are correcting this with them for future distribution.”

The membership-only warehouse club added, “In addition, we are immediately relabeling all mislabeled Bibles. We greatly apologize for this error.”

Here is Kaltenbach’s initial tweet, followed by some extra thoughts on the matter, including his belief that Costco had plainly made a mistake:

Other Discovery Church members were not so understanding. Member Shellie Dungan said, “I was completely offended. I believe the Bible is real and it shouldn’t be marked fiction.”

Costco was founded in 1976 by James (Jim) Sinegal and Jeffrey H. Brotman ins San Diego, California, and is headquartered in Issaquah, Washington. Costco has a total of 632 locations spanning the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Spain and the United States.

Below are some more Tweets concerning the incident:

Image via Facebook.

  • Wow

    Wow. This was just a simple mistake and a lot of ignorant people made a lot of ignorant comments.

    It is funny how people try to cling to science as an explanation for life – even though science is constantly being rewritten and things we once thought were true are constantly being proven false. All science pertains to is a bunch of theories or guesses.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love science. I have a background in genetics. I think science is wonderful. However, science does not have all the answers. In fact, when you are on your death bed, science will literally not be able to provide you any answers to the questions that will be on your mind.

    Human life is so precious and we are much more than the result of some act of nature. The Big Bang Theory has huge holes in it. Evolution has huge holes in it. Those holes can only be filled by God. Like I said, I love science. I totally believe we need to invest in science. Science is a gift from God. Our brains are gifts from God. But I assure you of this, God is the master scientist. Probably the greatest scientist.

    I don’t know if the Bible is 100% true. My suspicion is that it isn’t. It was written by men. However, I do know Christ is right about it all. If you sit down and actually contemplate the entire life of Christ, you will come to find he was perfect in all he did. He was simply right about it all. Life will teach us all that.

    Life is the best teacher about Christ. In fact, a life that has a lot of ups and downs in it is the best teacher about Christ. Through struggling you learn about yourself and those around you. Anyone who has struggled in this world and relied on Christ — knows he is exactly who he said he was and that what he said is the truth.

    I believe in science but I put my life and all that I am in the hand of Christ.

    • http://aol W Lennan

      God is just a backward Dog!!!

  • Conor

    I fully support what they did. If there is no religion section for books, that’s exactly where it belongs, along with all other books of the sort. It’s a belief, not a reality.

  • your mother

    Who here thinks Christians would raise such hell if a Quran was labeled ‘fiction’? They’d probably just laugh and say “Good.”.

    • Deb

      I don’t think that’s a relevant comparison. If the Quran was labeled as fiction, those that study and believe in what it says would have a right to question it’s placement as fiction and be upset about it’s mislabeling. Asking if Christians would be raising issues with it’s placement isn’t really a logical question…the Quran is not a book of great importance to us…

  • Jim

    Why didn’t the Minister just talk to the store. Putting it on Twitter probably gets him on TV and obviously Yahoo and the like.. Do you think there is something to that?

    • Deb

      Other articles (more thoroughly written) reported that he did attempt to speak to store employees and no one was willing to answer his questions. So the “something to that” is that people want him to look like a lunatic when he was raising a legitimate concern.

      • T.C.

        It isn’t a legitimate concern because the books were properly placed.

  • http://webpronews.com Gogeta B.

    seems that, since there is no ‘category’ for the bible, quran or other books of that ilk, they should be filed collectively in a bin marked ‘reading for the gullible’

  • bob grant

    It was labeled correctly !

  • meaux mcdonald

    I guess almost anyone could flunk Library Science, but at least you get 3 Bibles for the price of one, right?

    I lose more sleep wondering if the landscaper will show up.