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Ian says ...
Let me simply state what I think of the remark Mr. John Mackey made. I was planning on shopping at the Whole Foods store in Vauxhall, New Jersey tomorrow, but I will no longer set foot in, or spend any of my money in your stores in the future.
01/17/2013 9:13:45 PM CST
Mdot says ...
You have lost my business. Get with the program. All the money you have made and you will not invest in your people. Shame on you.
01/17/2013 9:15:42 PM CST
Mdot says ...
You have lost my business. Get with the program. All the money you have made and you will not invest in your people. Shame on you.
01/17/2013 9:15:44 PM CST
Robin says ...
I totally support Mr. Mackey. It's unfortunate that Americans can no longer speak the truth without the Obama-mania media going crazy. Does anyone else feel that we live in an upside down world now, where "good is bad" and "right is wrong" and anyone who doesn't adhere to the politically correct mantra is an outcast? Mr. Mackey's absolutely correct in what he says. People do not want to hear the ugly truth; it's easier to stick heads in the sand and pretend it's not happening, but the U.S. is quickly going down the tubes. Forcing Americans to purchase health insurance is not freedom, people! Look around and see how inch by inch we're losing the freedoms that made us a great nation. Getting people to be dependent on government welfare/handouts is a first step. Look how many new welfare recipients have joined the rolls in the past 4 years. Do you want the government telling you what to eat, where to live, what to drive, when you can have an operation, and on and on? It's slavery repackaged. Wake up, please!
01/17/2013 9:18:59 PM CST
Amber W. Grain says ...
I will not be shopping at the new Whole Foods when you open in Tallahassee. The language you used to describe the Affordable Care Act and the President was completely inappropriate and I encourage you to do your homework on Fascism. I'm happy to shop at our home-grown coop New Leaf Market and Florida's Publix. We don't need you. I don't think you realize the damage you have done to your reputation and the reputation of Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 9:19:10 PM CST
susan says ...
Sometimes a bell cannot be unrung.. I personally believe He spoke his true feelings.. and only regrets that people do not like it. and that it hurts the pocket book.. I will shop at trader joes and sprouts from now on... good bye whole foods..
01/17/2013 9:21:16 PM CST
Brad White says ...
What is free market health care? Free market health care wasn't in existence prior to the Affordable Care Act, unless one considers reimbursement levels set by insurance companies that have monopolies in each state in the country a free market.
01/17/2013 9:22:41 PM CST
Brian Wooton says ...
Odd how Facebook comments are much more negative as a whole compared to these. A little editing, perhaps?
01/17/2013 9:23:57 PM CST
Kevin Casey says ...
Mr. Mackey's explanation does nothing to change my mind about never shopping at Whole Foods again. I would do anything to avoid putting a penny in that man's pocket. I am able to afford the extravagant costs, but there are alternatives, such as Metropolitan Market in the Seattle area, and other places that don't let GMO trash in the door. I am sure I won't be missed, but I wonder what a real boycot would look like - one can only hope.
01/17/2013 9:24:25 PM CST
Sharon Ka says ...
I will not be shopping at Whole Foods in Madison, Wi anymore. i think you can guess the reasons why. John Mackey needs to resign.
01/17/2013 9:25:17 PM CST
Jake Trussell says ...
I'm glad you regret using the word fascism to describe Obamacare, but you go on to say the reason you regret it is because it's got so much baggage attached to it "from the middle of the 20th century when you had Germany & Italy & Spain that were fascist, and people still associate that with it." Wasn't the term coined by the Mussolini dictatorship? When was fascism ever not have baggage attached to it? You go on to say "Of course I was just using the standard dictionary definition" (really? http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism). "Now fascism is a damaged word, it's got so much baggage attached to it that you can't use it in a casual conversation without people being very upset about it." You don't think that had been the case before "now?" You also say you'd like to see our healthcare system go toward free enterprise capitalism. Haven't we been headed down that road, and here we are at the back of the pack of developed countries when it comes to quality and accessibility of healthcare? http://www.businessinsider.com/best-healthcare-systems-in-the-world-2012-6?op=1
01/17/2013 9:25:25 PM CST
Amber W. Grain says ...
The grocery business can be driven by the market economy -- but we've made a mess of healthcare with market driven forces. Do your research, please.
01/17/2013 9:25:31 PM CST
Bark says ...
My late Mother said that money does not necessarily buy brains. After many years of shopping at Wholefoods, I shall give it a miss. The fact that he tries to substitute fascism with some other concoction is what upsets me most. Either stick to your guns or change. But DO not take me for a fool. Our whole office feels the same way.
01/17/2013 9:27:32 PM CST
Brian Wooton says ...
Retract as I read further. Nope. Folks hate you as badly here as on Facebook. What was he thinking? Did he think that a majority of his customers were persuadable on this? What an utterly idiotic thing to say!
01/17/2013 9:28:42 PM CST
Brian Wooton says ...
Retract as I read further. Nope. Folks hate you as badly here as on Facebook. What was he thinking? Did he think that a majority of his customers were persuadable on this? What an utterly idiotic thing to say!
01/17/2013 9:28:45 PM CST
Laurie Dunn says ...
I have been a loyal Whole Foods customer for 20+ years, but I will NEVER, EVER shop at your stores again. John Mackey should be ashamed. Many Americans, including his customers, desperately need guaranteed access to health insurance. The private sector has failed miserably at this. Fascism? I call it "compassion".......a quality which your CEO is sorely lacking.
01/17/2013 9:30:02 PM CST
Terry Burke says ...
Absolutely outrageous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been a Whole Foods shopper since their store opened in River Forest, IL and then here in Mpls. NO MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our health care system for profit is a mess. Insurance executives make tens of millions from peoples insurance payments. Our bloated idiotic private insurance bureaucracy is making us the most expensive country in the world for healthcare while we rank no where near the top in actual health care. Good bye Whole Foods!
01/17/2013 9:30:04 PM CST
Peter Giles says ...
Good to know Whole foods sells no subsidized food from the good ole American Taxpayer, that it does does not except food stamps paid for by taxpayers and sells no GMO. Even better to know that you've kicked Monsanto off your board. Hypocrite. If Govt is in health Ins, is Govt in food? Shame on you.
01/17/2013 9:30:09 PM CST
JelliDonut says ...
"...with a strong governmental safety net for our poorest citizens and those with preexisting conditions..." Apparently one of Mackey's goals is to add to the number of poorest citizen foisted onto our government. Way to go, John.
01/17/2013 9:30:21 PM CST
Jane says ...
As a shareholder, I object vehemently to John Macket shooting his mouth off in a way guaranteed to alienate and antagonize Whole Foods primary customer base. He's wrong, of course, but entitled to his personal opinion. What he's not entitled to do as a CEO is screw both his shareholders and his employees by doing things like this. It's obviously not the first time he's done this, and I'm starting to wonder about the state of his mental health that he would give himself permission to do something so stupid and so destructive. When is the board going to hold this man to account?
01/17/2013 9:31:36 PM CST
Ed Vaughn says ...
I used to think that Whole Foods was a great place to go and buy foods (and other products) that were good for you. In light of the thinking by one of the founders I can say that from now on I will be doing all of my shopping at the local farmer's market and co-op. Whole Foods has become too full of itself and now is just another corporation looking out for the CEO and its shareholders. As for socialism, yes, I believe that the government has a role in helping out everyone, not just the privileged few. So, Whole Foods, I bid you adieu!
01/17/2013 9:33:32 PM CST
Sue Thaxton says ...
Done with Whole Foods today. You want to bring crazy politics constantly into your store concept go ahead. I'll shop Trader Joes and Lakewinds in MN. There are choices and I quit choosing you. Now if I can get 1,000 other people who spent the $300 last month I did at your store, and they get two friends, and they get two friends, maybe you would notice the impact a bit more.
01/17/2013 9:33:53 PM CST
Ann says ...
Right on...I'll be spending more dollars at Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 9:35:00 PM CST
Ann says ...
Right on....I'll be spending more dollars at Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 9:37:26 PM CST
Karen McMillan says ...
I have just listened to Mackey's interview and I will not shop at Whole Foods again. To call the President a fascist shows an ignorance of what a fascist government really is, and further, is designed to incite a negative emotional response in people. Where is the thoughtful and reasoned argument, based on facts and knowledge? When someone lacks knowledge they usually resort to these types of outrageous comments and comparisons. Stick to selling food (but no longer to me) Mackey, and don't presume that just because you have a successful company that you have any special insight into issues that are much more complex than being an employer to 73,000 employees.
01/17/2013 9:37:58 PM CST

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