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Health Care Stirs Up Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Customers Boycott Organic Grocery Store
ABC News ^ | 8/14/09 | EMILY FRIEDMAN

Posted on 08/14/2009 10:26:23 AM PDT by SeattleBruce

Joshua has been taking the bus to his local Whole Foods in New York City every five days for the past two years. This week, he said he'll go elsewhere to fulfill his fresh vegetable and organic produce needs.

Customers are threatening to boycott Whole Foods stores after the company's CEO, John Mackey, wrote an op-ed discussing his ideas for health care reform. (Getty Images) More Photos"I will never shop there again," vowed Joshua, a 45-year-old blogger, who asked that his last name not be published.

Like many of his fellow health food fanatics, Joshua said he will no longer patronize the store after learning about Whole Foods Market Inc.'s CEO John Mackey's views on health care reform, which were made public this week in an op-ed piece he wrote for The Wall Street Journal.

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Time to support John Mackey, both on the ABC Blog and with your shopping! This is something we can do right now!!
1 posted on 08/14/2009 10:26:24 AM PDT by SeattleBruce
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To: SeattleBruce

Many of the posts on ABC News blog are Pro - Mackey, pro alternatives to Death Race 3200.


2 posted on 08/14/2009 10:27:27 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: SeattleBruce
"I will never shop there again," vowed Joshua, a 45-year-old blogger, who asked that his last name not be published.

A regular profile in courage.

3 posted on 08/14/2009 10:28:26 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SeattleBruce
Good.

There’ll be fewer hippies there next time I go.

Something that's struck me, I've never experienced a Super Market where so many people run into eachother or block the aisles.
I mean, it's epidemic there.
And then I realized, it's because there's so many liberals who are by definition narcissistic and self centered - they have no awareness that other people in the world exist.

4 posted on 08/14/2009 10:29:55 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: SeattleBruce

If I had a Whole FOods anywhere near me, I’d shop there.


5 posted on 08/14/2009 10:31:04 AM PDT by Grunthor (Obama has delusions of adequacy.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Joshua sounds like a 12 year old in a 45 year old body.

Did he stomp his foot as he said, “I will never shop there again”?


6 posted on 08/14/2009 10:32:05 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: SeattleBruce

Growing up, I was taught: “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.”


7 posted on 08/14/2009 10:32:57 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: SeattleBruce

So Joshua’s not going to Whole Foods anymore?

Then I’m going there more often.


8 posted on 08/14/2009 10:34:55 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: SeattleBruce

Absolutely. I used to avoid Whole Foods like the plague because of the clientele. I never bothered to look into the organization, but now that I know more, I will start going there, especially since I will have to put up with fewer of the former clientele.


9 posted on 08/14/2009 10:35:16 AM PDT by piperpilot
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To: SeattleBruce; OldDeckHand

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2316097/posts

Sorry OldDeckHand, didn’t see this discussion raging some 18 minutes before mine...:) Funny, I did a search on Whole Foods and this other post didn’t come up..


10 posted on 08/14/2009 10:35:50 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

So Joshua’s not going to Whole Foods anymore?

Then I’m going there more often.
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People are calling for him to expand into their (more conservative) areas on the blog...kinda cool. I think this boycott jive will backfire on the libtards big time...

One thing about conservatives, we know how to handle our money..:)

The article says a few years ago (2007) Mackey reduced his CEO pay to $1 (he’s very wealthy), because he didn’t want to work for money any longer.

Maybe he would like to run for office? :)


11 posted on 08/14/2009 10:38:14 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: piperpilot

Imagine a Whole Foods without liberals! :) Now I can finally shop there without seeing John Kerry bumper stickers!!!


12 posted on 08/14/2009 10:39:33 AM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Owl_Eagle

Something that’s struck me, I’ve never experienced a Super Market where so many people run into eachother or block the aisles.
I mean, it’s epidemic there.
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Same thing at COSTCO, which I don’t like to shop at because of their libtard owners, but I do sometimes, I must confess...it’s hard to not be conflicted in the tangled web, somewhere..


13 posted on 08/14/2009 10:39:40 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: SeattleBruce

It will be interesting to see how Mackey’s company does in the face of a boycott.


14 posted on 08/14/2009 10:40:23 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Boardwalk

Imagine a Whole Foods without liberals! :) Now I can finally shop there without seeing John Kerry bumper stickers!!!
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If only we could cleanse the Republican party like this...:)


15 posted on 08/14/2009 10:40:35 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: Anti-Bubba182

It will be interesting to see how Mackey’s company does in the face of a boycott.
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And in the with the tail wind of the counter boycott! Politics in this country is so weird sometimes..


16 posted on 08/14/2009 10:42:07 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: Tijeras_Slim

“A regular profile in courage.”

“Tijeras_Slim” - I look forward to you putting your real name on FR.

Being anonymous is OK. Our country has a great history of such.


17 posted on 08/14/2009 10:43:30 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: Grunthor

If I had a Whole FOods anywhere near me, I’d shop there.
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Email their corporate HQ and suggest they expand to near you...Their expansion plans may have just changed a bit with that WSJ article!


18 posted on 08/14/2009 10:43:53 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: savedbygrace

“Did he stomp his foot as he said, “I will never shop there again”?”

You mean like the many boycott-a-day folks on FR?


19 posted on 08/14/2009 10:44:41 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: SeattleBruce

I love Whole Foods’ product mix, but the fascist hippie customers and ostentatiously pierced staff members have always been a drawback. Now, maybe, not so much. It might be worth the drive over there more often.


20 posted on 08/14/2009 10:45:03 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("A cultural problem cannot be solved with a political solution." -- Selwyn Duke)
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To: cowtowney; Tijeras_Slim
“Tijeras_Slim” - I look forward to you putting your real name on FR.

Good to meet you, Messr. Towney.

Or may I call you Cow?

21 posted on 08/14/2009 10:45:08 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("If they taxed condoms and toilet paper, they'd have us coming and going." - Lazamataz, 2002)
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To: Boardwalk
Can you imagine shopping at Whole Foods where patrons are wearing Palin-2012 buttons? I will think I have stepped into an alternate universe!
22 posted on 08/14/2009 10:50:25 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: Owl_Eagle

same thing at Trader Joe’s.

They are totally unaware of others.


23 posted on 08/14/2009 10:50:51 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: SeattleBruce

Count me in. It’s interesting to note that, according to an article I read recently, many of the long-time customers of Whole Foods who supported the store from the beginning, are now dropping away, disenchanted because the company has become too successful and is expanding.

Sometimes, there’s no cure for hippies. Not even soap.


24 posted on 08/14/2009 10:51:00 AM PDT by DPMD (~)
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To: Lazamataz

Do you like my nom de plume?

or would you prefer fortworthless or fortworther?


25 posted on 08/14/2009 10:51:30 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: SeattleBruce

Well, he sounds like a man with real-world experience who has actually thought through the issues and has come up with a practical plan. His detractors are goofballs who haven’t thought it through any farther than “everyone has a right to free health care.”

I’d be interested in seeing his thoughts on other issues.


26 posted on 08/14/2009 10:52:16 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: SeattleBruce

I go to Whole Foods rarely because the nearest one is 40 miles away. However it probably passed these yahoos notice that one of the statements on the store’s philosophy (prominently posted near the entrance )is to the effect that they believe in stimulating their growth through profit. One would think that alone would send the librats fleeing.

And come to think of it supporting a business that showcases and supports small farmers, artisan food producers and local purveyors is a conservatives value.


27 posted on 08/14/2009 10:53:08 AM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

The whole place usually stinks of old Birkenstock cork and patchouli.

It’s funny, though, that leftists frequent there out of their own sense of superiority,

and now the CEO speaks out about the weakness of one facet of their ideology and they abandon them.

I might have to tell my wife that it’s OK to shop there now.
But, I bet the CEO gets fired soon.


28 posted on 08/14/2009 10:56:15 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Albion Wilde

I haven’t shopped there in years. The customers turned me off. Maybe I will take another look.


29 posted on 08/14/2009 10:57:08 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: cowtowney

Hey, if your name was Elvis Shaka Zulu you’d come up with something better too.

Well, maybe not... Texans are strange folk.


30 posted on 08/14/2009 10:58:30 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SeattleBruce

I have and will boycott the place just because they sell organic garbage!


31 posted on 08/14/2009 11:01:11 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: DPMD
Sometimes, there’s no cure for hippies. Not even soap.

Sometimes, I wish I could have TWO taglines.

32 posted on 08/14/2009 11:01:45 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: SeattleBruce

We shop there once in a while when my wife has a hankerin’ for food that’s overpriced and no better than our normal grocery. Personally, I like their sunflower seeds, at least.


33 posted on 08/14/2009 11:01:57 AM PDT by SoDak (Molon Labe)
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To: SeattleBruce

What most strikes me is this. The CEO’s op-ed in the WSJ was very mild and full of specifics. Disagree with it if you wish, but my goodness, it’s not as if the guy wrote a Michael-Moore-type fire-breathing screed. If one cannot speak up even mildly, saying, “I support reforms, just DIFFERENT reforms,” without this reaction, then I’m speechless.


34 posted on 08/14/2009 11:03:30 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: Anti-Bubba182
It will be interesting to see how Mackey’s company does in the face of a boycott.

I predict this liberal boycott will be as effective as Not One Damn Dime day.

35 posted on 08/14/2009 11:04:07 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: SeattleBruce

I live near a Whole Foods and have begun shopping there more often since the haters demanded they not carry any items from Israel


36 posted on 08/14/2009 11:07:19 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: SeattleBruce

The facebook page for Whole foods has a comment section for this article he wrote. More in support than oppose. One poster said that if they wanted to cater to the conservative shopper then they need to carry instant grits, pork rinds and cheetos. Rich snobby dems....


37 posted on 08/14/2009 11:37:34 AM PDT by Lets Be Frank
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To: SeattleBruce

I despise Whole Foods and their wacko customers. It’s popcorn time.


38 posted on 08/14/2009 11:39:00 AM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: pogo101

If one cannot speak up even mildly, saying, “I support reforms, just DIFFERENT reforms,” without this reaction, then I’m speechless.
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Dissent is not allowed among the cultists.


39 posted on 08/14/2009 11:58:23 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: lastchance

And come to think of it supporting a business that showcases and supports small farmers, artisan food producers and local purveyors is a conservatives value.
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Good point. At the least, this provides a GREAT opportunity to ask libtards, so why don’t you even want to discuss ideas related to health care? It makes them look SO totally idiotic, it really does. They are stuck with this massive stinker of an idea that Mackey just TOOK APART in one article. Now what’s a loyal, cultist libtard to do?

I’m very glad for the polling on HR3200 so far, and Mackey’s and other alternatives - health care savings accounts, catastrophic free market alternatives, etc. etc. can only help.

That’s why we need to trumpet the altneratives from the rooftops - as we oppose the monster power grab HR3200.


40 posted on 08/14/2009 12:03:33 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: SeattleBruce

I hate to say it, but this is the equivalent of the Dixie Chicks saying they are ashamed of George Bush. You have to know your customer. I agree with him, but, come on, this is WHOLE FOODS. Obama’s favorite overpriced arugula supplier.


41 posted on 08/14/2009 12:36:59 PM PDT by sportutegrl (If liberals could do math, they would be conservatives.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

It won’t hurt them a bit. They have AWESOME foods there. Looks good, is clean and neat, smells delicious, has fresh breads that will knock your socks off like: Sourdough, Cranberry Nut, Harvest wheat and on and on and on. Delicious cheeses with plenty of samples. Prepared foods in the deli that are yummy, yum. Seafood and salads and snacks and big chips and a bakery with delicious treats. Can eat there and buy beautiful, fresh flowers. They have all kinds of spreads for breads like fig and things like that. You can’t beat ‘em. Shop there for the best of everything. We do!!!


42 posted on 08/14/2009 12:41:23 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: freekitty

why would you let the customers turn you off? We shop there all the time and never once have even bothered looking at other customers. We are there for the best foods around. Why let someone run you off from a place you like??????????? I’m puzzled about that. How do you know who those customers are? Maybe they are like you and me. I don’t ask cause I don’t care. I go there for the food...not the politics, party of lack thereof of anyone else.


43 posted on 08/14/2009 12:43:16 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: SeattleBruce

Some customers may be boycotting, but Mackey just gained a customer here.

What’s really scary is his views on how to reform healthcare coverage were so logical and easy to understand. How anyone could object to them unless they had been told to do so by the EXTREME LEFT FRINGE is beyond me. (That has to be it because it’s obvious the boycotters aren’t thinking for themselves.)

Link to his oped:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204251404574342170072865070.html


44 posted on 08/14/2009 12:48:12 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: sportutegrl

I hate to say it, but this is the equivalent of the Dixie Chicks saying they are ashamed of George Bush.
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They were agin us, and we are for Mackey. I think Mackey wins ‘cause this is a center right nation...he’s seen the polls also - 57 agin, and 32 fer...those are winning numbers for him, imho.


45 posted on 08/14/2009 12:52:42 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: SeattleBruce

Most of this guy’s customers are hippies, so he may be toast.


46 posted on 08/14/2009 1:07:25 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: DesScorp

Most of this guy’s customers are hippies, so he may be toast.
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Not from what I’ve seen at the blog’s. Plus he’s quite rich...so ‘toast’ is a relative term for him. However, I’ve heard they have great bread there at Whole Foods!


47 posted on 08/14/2009 1:14:13 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try TRAITORS.))
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To: Let's Roll
THANK YOU for posting that, I was not aware of his bold op-ed earlier in the week.

"A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America."

This guy sounds like Rush, Levin, Prager, Hewitt, even Hannity is not this courageous.

I'll be right back, I'm going to spend some money at Whole Foods now....

48 posted on 08/14/2009 1:23:30 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly. 2 Cor. 10:3-5)
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To: SeattleBruce
Time to support John Mackey, both on the ABC Blog and with your shopping! This is something we can do right now!!

I'll pass, thanks. His health care plan for his employees sounds great to me, but I won't be shopping there for other reasons.

From the article:
Despite his financial success, this is not the first time Mackey has become fodder for criticism. In 2007, it was discovered that Mackey had been using a pseudonym to post blogs lambasting Whole Foods' competitor, Wild Oats Market, and questioning the worth of the company's stock.

The postings were made public when Mackey announced his desire to buy Wild Oats Market, and a lawsuit was filed by the Federal Trade Commission over concerns that the purchase would violate antitrust laws

49 posted on 08/14/2009 1:24:17 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: SeattleBruce

First time I ever saw a copy of BITCH magazine was at a Whole Foods store...ah; memories...


50 posted on 08/14/2009 1:27:29 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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