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Boycott Whole Foods

In case you needed a reason. What I don’t understand is why the PR machine that drives the yuppie-tastic image at Whole Foods doesn’t see the waste of the deli and other places as potential feel good fodder; make it a hyped up, big deal that all waste is open for employees to take, and what they do not use, send to shelters. It would contribute to the (false) aura of the Whole Foods franchise as one committed to environmental and social justice. This will never happen, but still.

When I worked at Starbucks several years ago, we, the baristas who did not get enough hours to get benefits, and those who did, all took sandwiches and pastries. The management fired you if they found out about this; but they didn’t make much of an effort to look, because there wasn’t a directive from corporate at the time to cut back on employment. The only reason this guy was fired for taking a sandwich is because Whole Foods has lost revenue and they are looking for ways to cut jobs.

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  1. All this time I thought Whole Food’s was boycotting me by keeping their prices well out of my reach! It seems we avoid each other with a kind of practical grace.

  2. What, you don’t like paying $5 per lb of apples? What gives?

  3. Unionization or boycott. Or boycott until unionization. I like that.


    There is another good reason I will never, ever shop at Whole Foods again.

    • It appears that John Mackey and Chuck Norris have a bit in common — but even Norris didn’t quote Thatcher.

      I especially like this gem (from Mackey):

      Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.

      Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity—are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices.

      Recent scientific and medical evidence shows that a diet consisting of foods that are plant-based, nutrient dense and low-fat will help prevent and often reverse most degenerative diseases that kill us and are expensive to treat. We should be able to live largely disease-free lives until we are well into our 90s and even past 100 years of age.

      Oh well. I can’t afford to shop at Whole Foods. I guess I’m just not going to make it past my 50s.

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