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Costco's free samples: It's about winning

Costco's free samples: It's about winning

Free samples are such a huge part of the Costco Wholesale Corp. shopping experience that there are unofficial rules to govern the occasionally unruly masses.

Don't park your cart in the middle of the aisle while you're waiting for more food to be made, says one writer. Don't think that you can bypass the line by picking over the back of the samples attendant, says another.

Just how out of hand free samples can get was shown this week when a 78-year-old shopper said he was punched in the...