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Costco apologizes for California bible flap


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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Costco store in Southern California drew some unwanted attention this week after labeling some of its Bibles as fiction.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Discovery Church pastor Caleb Kaltenbach recently came across the Bibles with "Fiction" written on the price tag while shopping for a gift at a Costco store in Simi Valley.

Kaltenbach took a photo and posted it on social media with the comment: "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm..."

One person responded on Twitter, "Is Costco selling the Koran under the genre of fiction?" Another tweeted, "I think Costco got this right."

KSL viewer Steve wrote, "Why would it offend anyone? If you believe then you know. So it shouldn't matter."

And Erika wrote, "It doesn't change what I believe about the Bible. Why would that be offensive? It's merely a label."

Costco has since apologized, saying in a statement a distributor mislabeled a small percentage of Bibles before they were sent to the store. The company said it is correcting the mistake for future distribution.

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Contributing: Linda Williams

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