Does the U.S. economy hinge on Costco hot dogs?
On Wednesday, a PARODY account on Twitter claimed that for the first time in almost 40 YEARS, Costco was raising the price of their in-store hot dog and drink combo. The combo has famously stayed at $1.50 since 1985.
The Tweet claimed they were bumping it up $1.00 to $2.50 “due to inflation.” Naturally, that sent some people into a FRENZY before they stopped to verify it.
It fooled a TON of big accounts on Twitter . . . including the official House Republicans account . . . even though the source was an account named “John W Rich Kid (Wendy’s Fry Cook).” (???) (It’s unclear if they ever figured out it was a fake. Their response is still up.)
***BREAKING–COSTCO ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RAISE FOOD COURT HOT-DOG PRICES BY $1 DUE TO INFLATION
— John W Rich Kid (Wendy’s Fry Cook) (@JohnWRichKid) May 18, 2022
And it MIGHT have even spooked Wall Street. Right when the Tweet was first making the rounds on Wednesday, Costco’s stock went into a 13% nosedive.
Some people think the Tweet may have contributed . . . but it was probably a coincidence. Stocks for similar companies also tanked that day. And Costco’s stock did NOT rebound yesterday after everyone figured out it was a hoax.