Costco Sorry for Putting Bible in Fiction Aisle

    November 20, 2013

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:

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