Skip to comments.Whole Foods CEO's Health Care Views Provoke Some Customers to Boycott Store (CORPORATE VAMPIRES!)
Posted on 08/15/2009 6:49:29 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
Protesters are hoping a boycott will cut into the success of Whole Foods, the 10th largest food and drug store in the U.S., which reported sales of $1.8 billion for last quarter, a 2 percent increase from the previous quarter.
Calls to boycott Whole Foods Market are growing louder and more sophisticated following a Wall Street Journal opinion article by the company's chief executive, John Mackey, in which he criticized President Obama's health care plan and offered his own alternative.
Mackey's article first prompted individuals to threaten taking their business elsewhere. But now the Progressive Review, an online alternative publication, is calling for a formal boycott, and campaigns are popping up all over, including on Facebook, a popular online social networking site.
Protesters are hoping a boycott will cut into the success of Whole Foods, the 10th largest food and drug store in the U.S., which reported sales of $1.8 billion for the last quarter, a 2 percent increase from the previous quarter.
As of Saturday, the Whole Foods Internet forum had more than 4,000 postings. One commenter thanked http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/forums/index.php for revealing his political views.
"While it was a horrible business move, it was a great courtesy," a commenter identified as boycottwf wrote. "Now, I know that my dollars spent at whole foods are going to fund your misguided conservative views."
The commenter added, "Until you publically apologize to the nation and pledge that you will provide better benefits to your employees, I will not spend another dime at your store."
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
WSJ articleMackey offers up eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:
Mackey's opinion article started with a quote from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
Mackey: "A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. Thats because there isnt any. This right has never existed in America."
"Leave Whole foods my family will be there to pick up the slack," says: Organicmomof4 to boycotters.
Crime of the Century!! Thinking for himself like that, no wonder the media have harped all over this story
I'd feel a smidge better knowing this was true. : )
Gutsey move Mr. Mackey!
We need honesty.
Have one really close by the office. Maybe I should walk over there for lunch.
i read the wsj article and thought that he had good points.
Well, if this turns out to be true, I will go to Whole Foods to do all my grocery shopping—even with the hippies and weirdos who work there.
You can, for example: read the linked op-ed piece that is the subject of this post.
This has been posted here so many times that I would say that this is the real deal.
I went into Whole Foods today and bought a few things. I left a comment supporting their CEO on my way out.
We neutralized one protester today by shopping at a Whole Foods.
They really have quality items, not cheap though.
Another thing one can do is register on the Whole Foods forum and post in support of Mr. Mackey.
We stop there regularly to get bread, cookies and pastries which are otherwise simply not available to folks with a wheat problem.
I'm glad the owner shares my politics. We will shop there more often!
I shop about half the time at Whole Foods and I have been feeling guilty because I thought I was supporting a liberal. I feel better now.
I shop at Whole Foods because they have great stuff that I can’t find elsewhere, and it’s a GREAT place to watch people. Now I have a third reason to shop there!
Hos having conservative views aren’t even close to making me buy or eat organic garbage!
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