Earlier this month, a Facebook page made national headlines by calling for a Costco store in Bellingham to host "special time just for Americans," claiming that unruly Canadians are crossing the border, clogging up lines, and hoarding all the cheap milk. This week, the Canucks struck back.
An apparel company called Creative Apparatus has created a t-shirt that allows those undesirable Canadian Costco shoppers to flaunt their insatiable lactose craving. The shirts, which sell for $20 a pop, feature a picture of a milk jug and the words, "Milk Piranha." Behold:
Canadians are known in Bellingham for their fierce love of milk.
The Facebook named "Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans" has collected more than 2,000 likes on the social networking site and has generated some nasty comments.
"You all been there. its [sic] hard to find a parking spot. Them Canadians can be rude. The lines are crazy. We aren't on a vacation and have an RV to hang out in like those Canadians. We just want to go shopping, not go on an adventure. Costco used to have special opening hours for preferred customers. Why cant [sic] they do that for us loyal American customers?" the page's description reads.
But it doesn't stop there -- comments on the page take stabs at Canuck driving and parking skills and apparently we buy too much milk -- which lead to the nickname "milk piranhas."
Apparently the t-shirt makers were so amused by the "milk piranha" putdown that they decided to embrace it. "Get the shirt," they write. "Head for the border."
As for the controversial Facebook page, it appears to have been deleted. The creator took pains to clarify with The Province that he's not anti-Canadian so much as anti-overcrowding.
"To our Canadian friends on here that think we hate you," the Facebook user writes. "You have to look at the root of the problem. Bellingham has laws that keep big box companies from expanding. The overcrowding in this small, slow-paced town has agitated people."