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Petition to Keep Costco’s Polish Hot Dog Already Has 5,000 Signatures

Costco Polish Hot Dog Petition
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Fans of Costco’s Polish hot dog are pulling out all the stops to try and prevent the big-box retailer from removing the item from its food court menu. In fact, a Care2 petition to save the snack started by a Polish hot dog fan named AJ Milton already has nearly 5,000 signatures!

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Milton started the petition, which has a 10,000 signature goal, because he’s been a fan of the tasty food for years and used to eat it at least one a week with his pals when he was in high school. “The $1.50 Polish dog/soda combo was a hit with me and my friends, and it has been one of my favorite guilty pleasures ever since,” he states in the petition.

Milton tells Us Weekly that when he heard of Costco’s decision to remove the wiener from its food court menu in favor of healthier items such as açai fruit bowls and a plant-based protein salad, he knew he had to take action. As he explains, “I woke up earlier this week, saw the article and thought immediately about creating an online petition as a fun way to express my disapproval of Costco’s decision.”

As signatures continue to rack up, some who have signed are expressing how distraught they are over the prospect of a world with no Polish hot dog. “All people want is for the Polish dog to stay on the menu,” wrote a woman named Cindy L. “With all the problems going on in the world, we just want, even for a little bit of time, to forget all the problems we’re going through.”

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And Milton, who now lives abroad, says his personal connection to the popular sausage goes beyond his high school days. “When I go home to visit, I make a list of things that I want to eat during my time at home, and the Polish dog is always on it,” he tells Us. “It’s cheap and good. What more can you ask for?”

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If and when Milton reaches his 10,000 signature goal, he plans to inform Costco CEO W. Craig Jelinek. “We will let [him] know that there are thousands of people out there who love the Polish dog and want it to stay,” Milton explains. “Hopefully, we can convince him to change his mind.”