Costco Apologizes For Bibles Labeled As “Fiction” At California Store

Costco’s had some explaining to do after the pastor of a non-denominational church in California happened upon a particular display of Bibles at his local Costco store. He says he was shopping for a gift for his wife when he found a bunch of Bibles with price tags reading “fiction.”

He of course snapped a photo and tweeted it out to his congregation, telling KTLA-5 News that tried to find somebody to ask about the books, but couldn’t.

His tweet included the caption: “Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of fiction…hmmmm.”

“I checked to see if the other Bibles were like that, and they were,” he explains.

As for his tweet and his congregation, he tells KCBS-TVthere’s been a range of reactions.

“A lot of people were upset. Some people were fine with it. To me, I don’t know why you’d label something as fiction,” he said.

The pastor says Costco reached out to him and said that the problem was an error by distributors. The company has since issued an apology, saying:

“Costco’s distributor mislabeled a small percentage of the Bibles, however we take responsibility and should have caught the mistake. We are correcting this with them for future distribution,” Costco said in a statement. “In addition, we are immediately relabeling all mislabeled Bibles. We greatly apologize for this error.”

Whether you believe it’s the word of God or just another work of fiction, the pastor says it can be a learning experience, telling KCBS-TV he thinks any discussion of the topic is good.

“It’s caused a lot of controversy, it’s caused a lot of conversation, which I think conversation is good,” says.

We’ve embedded the newscast that doesn’t have autoplay below.


Pastor Finds Bibles Labeled as ‘Fiction’ at Local Costco [KTLA-5 News]
Simi Valley Pastor Finds Bibles Labeled As ‘Fiction’ At Local Costco [KCBS-TV]

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  1. Cara says:

    I don’t think they’ve been mislabeled, personally. Like basically every religious text, that is based on belief rather than tangible fact, it’s more fiction than non-fiction. The events in a religious text generally can not be proven as factual events.

    They might be works that can be categorized in a reference section (which are given Dewey decimal classification), but that doesn’t really make them non-fiction to me.

    Not that I am going to complain, provided the same courtesy that is given to the Bible, Quran, etc, is given to any religious text. Either classify them all as religious texts and thus granted non-fiction status, or classify none of them as such. Don’t pick and choose.

  2. ophmarketing says:

    Clearly, this was an accident. They were supposed to have been labeled “Fantasy.”

  3. IMakeMyOwnSnarkAtHome says:

    “… To me, I don’t know why you’d label something as fiction,” he said.

    Literature in the form of prose, esp. short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people.

    Hope this helps, pastor!

  4. Kakolukia says:

    Seems pretty correct to me. Most Christians, except the really hardliners accept that the stories in the bible are parables, i.e. made up stories meant to convey a moral message. The bible is no more true than Grimm’s fairy tales (which are also morality tales).

  5. DyinMyelin says:

    In a country that’s nearly 80% Christian, I’m not sure how provocative the “conversation/controversy” is going to be. . .

  6. FusioptimaSX says:

    Isn’t it? I don’t see the problem here. In 2,000 years, Harry Potter might be a religion.

  7. TRUTH12345 says:

    I agree, there is no problem here.