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Whole Foods Haters Use Flash Mob Tactic
NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/27/09 | LORI PREUITT

Posted on 09/27/2009 8:51:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Whole Foods may seem like an unlikely target of liberals, but it is one of the current cause-celebs round these parts.

Ever since the grocery store's CEO wrote a Wall Street Journal editorial that opposed President Barack Obama's health care reform bill, they have tried everything to get back at one John Mackey.

If you've been to a Whole Foods lately you can attest to the fact that the call for a boycott isn't working. The parking lots remain packed and the lines are still long. This weekend in Oakland people who believe health care is a right tried a new and quite entertaining tactic that used a "flash mob-like" feature.

Protesters picked a store in Oakland, a song and a group of clumsy singer/dancers to pull it off.

They walked in the store separately, band members and all, and spread out amongst the aisles. After pretending to shop for a few minutes, the mob made their way to the one spot in the store that had room for a dancing number. They all gathered right there in front of the refrigerated guac and salsa, singing their hearts out to the tune of Tony Basil's "Hey Mickey."

A bewildered security guard had only his cell phone to fight. After quickly dialing, the poor guy just had to take it. The group got off not one, but two reditions of their protest song before going outside for more singing on the sidewalk.

"We believe that every human being has a right to health care, and most Americans agree. But conservatives have dominated this debate because they're willing to be loud. So it's time for us to make some noise of our own, and stand up for health care that we can afford even if we're not CEOs like Mackey," Sarah Norr said.

They said they were inspired by their conservative counterparts who have been dramatizing the health care debate.

Noone was arrested.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: healthcare; wholefoods
"We believe that every human being has a right to health care...

...Except for ones the government deems don't deserve it.

1 posted on 09/27/2009 8:51:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I saw a “Single Payer Healthcare Now” bumper sticker on the floor of the Powell Street BART station in San Francisco. I haven’t seen any such stickers anywhere else.

I still shop at Whole Foods.


2 posted on 09/27/2009 8:56:02 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

“We think the other side is being too loud so we’re going to be really loud and make total jackasses of ourselves to prove that we’re bigger putzes than everyone else put together.” I love the way liberals behave. It would be amusing if there weren’t so much at stake.


3 posted on 09/27/2009 8:59:50 PM PDT by hometoroost (Time to bust the nut - stamp out ACORN)
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To: nickcarraway
Everyone does have the RIGHT to healthcare. Just go to any hospital, they'll provide you with care. Go to a foot doctor, he'll take care of your athletes foot. Want insurance, go to an insurance company, they'll provide insurance.

Now whether someone can afford or are willing to pay for the service might be different.

I have the right to keep and bear arms.
Whether I chose or can afford to excercise that right is up to me.

Likewise, people have the right to healthcare.
Whether they chose or can afford to excercise that right is up to them.

4 posted on 09/27/2009 8:59:58 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: nickcarraway

The libtards have every right to donate to a pool to provide health care to whoever wants it.


5 posted on 09/27/2009 9:00:32 PM PDT by omega4179 (We must be the change.)
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To: nickcarraway
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When this happens, Whole Foods needs to play Slayer over the intercom.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicHippies hate Slayer.

6 posted on 09/27/2009 9:04:58 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: thecodont

Went there yesterday as Kroger’s produce was pathetic


7 posted on 09/27/2009 9:06:56 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: nickcarraway
Health Care Reform discussion forum on the Whole Foods main Web site.

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/forums/index.php?plckForumPage=Forum&plckForumId=Cat%3a338a2432-3a3c-459f-9c58-00df096792c5Forum%3a624bcd7f-b978-4ad6-996c-450fba4971f9&plckNumPerPage=200&plckCategoryCurrentPage=0

8 posted on 09/27/2009 9:07:51 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: nickcarraway
Noone was arrested.

Why just him? Surely there were worse singers....


9 posted on 09/27/2009 9:09:18 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (This tagline excerpted. To read more, click on MyOverratedBlog.com)
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To: thecodont
"I saw a “Single Payer Healthcare Now” bumper sticker ...."

Some rich dude, I presume. Does he know he's going to be the only one paying for health care? /obtuse
10 posted on 09/27/2009 9:10:52 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: nickcarraway

NO-not in front of the refrigerated guac and salsa. Oh, the humanity!


11 posted on 09/27/2009 9:15:13 PM PDT by Born Conservative ("I'm a fan of disruptors" - Nancy Pelosi)
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To: nickcarraway

They believe every human being has a right to healthcare?

But they don’t believe every human being has a right to shop where they choose?

Typical leftists.


12 posted on 09/27/2009 9:17:16 PM PDT by DakotaRed (What happened to the country I fought for?)
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To: nickcarraway

“We believe that every human being has a right to health care”

And the Government has the right to force someone to give it?

Ironic that the Democrats once again represent the slave owners.


13 posted on 09/27/2009 9:24:14 PM PDT by LA Conservative (Abu Hussein is not my president, he's a Marxist brother)
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To: death2tyrants
When this happens, Whole Foods needs to play Slayer over the intercom. Hippies hate Slayer.

They ain't exactly overjoyed with Cypress Hill or Iron Maiden either... :^)

In fact, liberals hate not having any music playing even more.

Think about that one. So many places we go, there is music, television or some kind of background noise. This is because people are terrified of being alone with their own thoughts.

Try this experiment. When in a restaurant, store or other place where you are the paying customer, ask that the music be turned off... People will look at you like they just had a shiite in their drawers...

14 posted on 09/27/2009 9:24:58 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: nickcarraway
"We believe that every human being has a right to health care..."

To believe that, is to believe that every human being has the right to enslave others for his benefit.

15 posted on 09/27/2009 9:25:48 PM PDT by sourcery (Party like it's 1776!)
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To: death2tyrants

16 posted on 09/27/2009 9:27:50 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: mountn man

Your basic point is good but it’s not correct to say there’s a right to healthcare. Healthcare involves two people (you and your doctor) whereas keeping & bearing arms involves only one person (you). If you can’t find someone willing to provide you the service of healthcare, then you are out of luck. Thus you have no right to healthcare. What you do have is the right to pursue healthcare (so to speak) and the right to enter into an agreement with someone willing to provide that service to you. That’s a nitpicky distinction but it’s important to hold the line. If you cede even an inch to the left on this one, they’ll take a mile.


17 posted on 09/27/2009 9:34:14 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: nickcarraway
They walked in the store separately, band members and all, and spread out amongst the aisles. After pretending to shop for a few minutes, the mob made their way to the one spot in the store that had room for a dancing number.

So some ACORN-like group hires 10 people to sing a song and dance and that's a threat? Everyone knows liberals do "rent-a-crowd" and "rent-a-goon" stuff. No one thinks they represent the people... no one... (well except the MSM-but only because they're fools)

18 posted on 09/27/2009 9:39:55 PM PDT by GOPJ (UN mixing democracies & dictators' is like mixing ice cream and shit-all of it stinks.(Steyn))
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To: nickcarraway

There is a Whole Foods not too far from us that we had never visited until this boycott started.

DW and I have made a decision to make this our routine grocery store. Some of the prices are actually the best in town, and the others are decent. Overall we might end up spending a couple of bucks a week more, but the political statement is worth it.


19 posted on 09/27/2009 9:43:35 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: mountn man

I like the “right to bear arms” analogy. I have a right to access arms. But that doesn’t mean taxes should be used to buy me a gun and keep me supplied with ammo. No one should be denied access to health insurance or medical care. That’s why I agree it is wrong for insurance companies to drop people when they get major illnesses. But it is also wrong to use taxes to buy everyone health care.


20 posted on 09/27/2009 9:49:23 PM PDT by weston (As far as I'm concerned, it's Christ or nothing!)
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To: nickcarraway

If these guys think this will win them converts in the public they are delusional.

If I saw this happen I would gather up all the customers I could and point at the “singers” while laughing hysterically.

Self-centered brats hate to be humiliated in public.


21 posted on 09/27/2009 10:02:40 PM PDT by BigBobber
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To: Yardstick
If you cede even an inch to the left on this one, they’ll take a mile.

Yardstick ought to know!

22 posted on 09/27/2009 10:30:53 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: weston

Frankly, I think we should take your thoughts and turn them to use against this healthcare/insurance scam.

The argument goes something like this:
IF you believe that healthcare is a right, and you believe that taxes should be utilized to ensure that everyone in The United States can afford to exercise that right, THEN you must also concede — because it is explicitly stated in the Constitution, whereas healthcare is NOT — that tax money should also be utilized to ensure that everyone in the United States can afford to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. FURTHERMORE, you must concede that tax money should also be utilized to ensure that everyone in the United States can afford to access any and every other right guaranteed under the Constitution; whether expressly enumerated or implied.

Either taxation is a legitimate means of funding access to EVERY Constitutional right, or it is not a legitimate means of funding access to ANY of them. If you object to taxes being used to fund access to even ONE right, then you MUST object to taxes being used to fund access to EVERY other right, as well.

One cannot argue it both ways, yet retain a valid claim to sanity.


23 posted on 09/27/2009 10:47:19 PM PDT by HKMk23 (In the end, life contains only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.)
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To: nickcarraway

“every human being has a right to health care..”

So who’s going to be forced to provide it?


24 posted on 09/27/2009 10:48:35 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: nickcarraway

The only cure for “Flash Mob Tactics” is “Flash Bang Tactics”!


25 posted on 09/27/2009 11:05:33 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: nickcarraway

I gotta say that the first thing I thought when I saw the WFMI ceo come out with his comments (his very real legal right to make, btw), was that his publicly-traded co. could get some backlash over it, both from the sheep and indirectly from fedgov. It is any subtle harassment by fedgov that should be the greater concern.


26 posted on 09/27/2009 11:47:07 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: nickcarraway

Your “right” to health care ends where my wallet begins.


27 posted on 09/27/2009 11:58:58 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (If God didn't want a One Worlder hanging from every tree, He wouldn't have created rope)
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To: nickcarraway; All
I didn't' use to shop at Whole Foods because I thought their prices were way too high. The place is often called Whole Paycheck. I also think that this Organic Foods thing is about the third or forth biggest Fraud going on today. There's no credible evidence that Organic Food is any better for you than conventional food.

However since the Mackey article in WSJ I've shopped at Whole Foods at least 6 times. I thought Mackey was right on target about Medical Savings Accounts. Anyway Whole Foods has excellent Breads that are priced about the same as the other supermarkets. They have very good quality produce and some of it is competitively priced. I didn't purchase as much as I usually would at my regular Supermarket but I bought as much as I could find that was competitive in price and quality. I didn't see any protesters when I was at Whole Foods. I was hoping to. I was going to tell them that I never use to shop at Whole Foods but after seeing the protests I decided to shop there often. I just love getting into the faces of liberal self-rightous people. Just love it.
28 posted on 09/28/2009 12:36:32 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: HKMk23

Well said!


29 posted on 09/28/2009 4:43:12 AM PDT by weston (As far as I'm concerned, it's Christ or nothing!)
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To: nickcarraway

“believe health care is a right”

I want a service and I want you to pay for it.


30 posted on 09/28/2009 5:55:08 AM PDT by yazoo (Conservatives believe what they see. Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: nickcarraway
They all gathered right there in front of the refrigerated guac and salsa, singing their hearts out to the tune of Tony Basil's "Hey Mickey."

This probably sounds innocuous to a lot of people. But if they think they can get away with this, they might come back and start singing Avril Lavigne's "I Don't Like Your Girlfriend".

31 posted on 09/28/2009 6:15:42 AM PDT by murdoog ("Aim high. Shoot straight. Praise the Lord. Audit the FED." Gary North)
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