Seattle is now as awful a place to shop as it is to live.
On January 1, Seattle had several new progressive laws go into effect. Along with mandatory paid sick leave, mandates for employers to post work schedules 14 days in advance, and severe restrictions on short-term rental platforms, Seattle imposed a massive new soda tax — 1.75 cents per OUNCE on sugary drinks.
Costco, famous for selling products in bulk quantities, faces especially stiff price increases. On the previously mentioned pallet of 35 bottles of Gatorade, a list price of $15.99 is taxed $10.34, with a total cost of $26.33.
Signs all over the Seattle stores list the tax separately, and then have another sign offering solutions to the consumer: This item is also available at our Tukwila and Shoreline locations without City of Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax.
Leftists never met a tax they didn’t like. This tax is actually worse than Philadelphia’s obnoxious beverage fines, but good on Costco for advising their customers to shop outside the city limits.