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Mike Wilson says ...
I agree completely, and it's a shame that so many now have to analyze every word so they can find another reason to criticize or oppose. We have become quite intolerant to anything we might disagree. Government by itself is rarely a solution; like healthcare and safety, our government should always serve in transparent partnership with the private sector.
01/19/2013 3:35:14 PM CST
Tracie says ...
In 2009, I stopped shopping at Whole Foods after Mackey's obnoxious WSJ editorial and I did not go back until he stepped down from being Chairman of the Board and was demoted to "co-CEO". This time, I won't be back until he's GONE. His comments are absolutely inappropriate and seem to be meant to anger WFM's target demographic.
01/19/2013 3:47:44 PM CST
Elizabeth Lane says ...
When I think of all the money I have spent at Whole Foods, I could weep. Happily, there are other stores.
01/19/2013 4:06:39 PM CST
Michael Shuler says ...
I am tired to CEO's trying to tell me their political opinions. You need to stick to food. I will begin shopping somewhere else than Whole Foods as a result of the CEO's fascism comments.
01/19/2013 4:14:21 PM CST
Julia Ready says ...
Free Enterprise Health Care is your idea of the best care for all but, just as "free enterprise" is "free" of gov't control you have to see the pitfalls of not having regulations. It's nice that you know that the poor and those that have pre-existing conditions should be insured but your "free enterprise" insurance companies do not allow coverage. So, as you call yourself a "libertarian" you suggest that gov't should cover these costs. Huh! As a "libertarian" how do you follow your gov't laws regarding food, employee, health and safety. You seem very confused and have a moral dilemma playing out. You've done the damage--Fox News and such made you a poster boy for your emotionally misguided language. I use to call your store "Whole Paycheck" now it's "Whole Foot in Mouth" Recently, you also came out with your ideas that Global Warming is a natural occurrence. Then you do feel that the CO2's that we spew in the air is not of effect to the warming? Please read more before you, as a leader, mislead yourself and others. It is affecting and creating increased warming. Your company dedicated to food supply will be the worst off with your kind of thinking. If your board of directors doesn't take you aside to have a conversation about melting polar caps and such, then your customers will continue to advise you. You really make me wonder how someone of your position could have such conflicting ideas with the work you do.
01/19/2013 4:15:24 PM CST
Susan Solt says ...
Mr. Mackey does not need a new word: he needs a new consciousness. I know that Mr. Mackey is not concerned about losing customers based on his politics, but that does not mean that customers -such as myself - won't exercise our choice in a capitalist society to shop elsewhere because of Mr. Mackey. I love my local Valencia, CA Whole Foods Market and the staff. I was willing to pay more for products at Whole Foods in order to support the prominently expressed values of a company I believed in: responsible food suppliers, sustainability, health and wellness, employee satisfaction. But I will no longer shop at Whole Foods because Mr. Mackey has chosen to express views - not words - that are offensive to me and unenlightened. I cannot continue to help line the pockets of a businessman who has chosen to enter the arena of public discourse in this ignorant fashion. I feel betrayed. Mr. Mackey has forced me to make a decision of conscience over where I buy my food. I have studied my options, and I will patronize Trader Joe's and a local business called Sprouts. Even my local Von's store - which has unionized employees - is doing well with the availability of organic goods. Patronizing this collection of stores will cover all my needs and will reduce my grocery bill. Nonetheless, I will miss Whole Foods and the pleasure and pride I felt in supporting what I thought was a progressive company. I admit that I should have done more due diligence before buying into Whole Foods marketing spin. I am sad to lose Whole Foods in my life, but - ultimately - I am glad Mr. Mackey outed himself so that I wouldn't unwittingly by complicit in supporting his ideology. As I say, it is not only his choice of words that offends me - it is his views. I am exercising my opportunity to register my protest in ceasing to patronize Whole Foods, whether or not Mr. Mackey cares about losing me as a customer - or not. At the Valencia store it will mean the loss of several hundred dollars a month in purchases. I hope that there are - in the end - enough of us who care about our values to make an impact. I
01/19/2013 4:15:36 PM CST
Tom Owens says ...
His comments on global warming show a lack of concern for my children's future. He is also bad at science. He apparently never learned the much about socialism and facism. It's a free country, he can say what he wants; I can stop going to his stores.
01/19/2013 4:18:39 PM CST
Terry Mac Ewen says ...
Now you back-peddle. It is clear you despise your employees and act like Mr. Scrooge. You are a shining example of the greed of American CEO's who make egregious multiples of salary vs. their employees. They are beholden to Wall Street and don't give a damn about their employees except as necessary evils. Your supposed corporate values are just corporate PR, not the way you run your company. You and your business are a disgrace.
01/19/2013 5:00:26 PM CST
Gina says ...
Disrespectful and divisive comments from someone who has become by successful not only by his own ideas and hard work, but also by the country's infrastructure and your customers. Considering that the majority of your employees make an average salary of $11/hour and do not have access to healthcare is nothing to be proud of. Your success comes with an obligation to serve your employees better. Other companies do and they are no less successful. Shame on you. You have lost this customer.
01/19/2013 5:01:25 PM CST
Ken Voorhees says ...
I disagree that free enterprise is the answer....for profit insurance companies and health care systems have ruled the day for quite some time now and where I used to work we saw our benefits drop while our costs just increasing. Capitalism has not seemed to work as far as I can tell. Like many other customers of Whole Foods I will try to go elsewhere. I do not like our president being called names.
01/19/2013 5:07:22 PM CST
julia says ...
Since, you believe, gov't should play a passive safety net--that would mean taxes would pay for that passive safety net. But, you are a "libertarian" and don't believe in taxes. Or maybe you are misusing the words--facism, socialism, libertarian, capitalism, global warming.
01/19/2013 5:09:40 PM CST
Spencer Carlsen says ...
Perhaps you should use words that you actually know the meaning. How about these words -- I no longer shop at Whole Foods. Do you understand that? Or, how about this -- I spent over $12,570 at Whole Foods last year and you won't get that business from me in 2013. Do you understand that? Spencer Carlsen
01/19/2013 5:17:39 PM CST
Art Stewart says ...
Re: Health Care Mr. MacKey, You are an intelligent thinker, and your comments are spot on! I will do my best to double my purchases at Whole Foods ( to make up for the challenged folks who have vowed to leave the store). I am proud to be a customer and a shareholder (100 shares) Art Stewart
01/19/2013 5:25:11 PM CST
Ashley says ...
I have not shopped at Whole Foods before, but after hearing these comments I'M SURE GOING TO START! Thank you for speaking the truth. It takes courage and that's something I can respect. No apology necessary!
01/19/2013 5:30:18 PM CST
Flora Beaver says ...
I have never shopped Whole Foods but after reading your comments I am now a customer
01/19/2013 5:32:50 PM CST
Kitty Boitnott says ...
Whole Foods has lost at least one customer. I had just started shopping there. I won't be back.
01/19/2013 5:37:51 PM CST
Gary Morris says ...
I am not surprised with how fast the "left" pounced on this.I do think you meant "Fascism",in the sense of Government's which dictate what we can and cannot do.Maybe Socialism is a better fit.Either way,you have created an awesome "Free Enterprise" company.Everything "Whole Foods" stands for,show's you really care about everyone's well being.Keep up the good work.
01/19/2013 5:48:37 PM CST
Deborah says ...
I like Whole Foods and now I have a reason to make a special effort to make the long trip to shop there. This is a man who knows what he's talking about. Pity some of their customers are kool-aid drinkers. 2013 resolution, make regular trips to Whole Foods!
01/19/2013 6:19:36 PM CST
MaryLouise Burk says ...
I think Mackey's choice of words was exactly right. Think about how the government continues to increase its indirect control of individual rights and property rights. These changes are making it impossible for smaller businesses to continue, thus further-widening the open door to government control. I think it is was a nice change to have a leader challenge others to seriously think about the immediate and long-term consequences of such policies. As long as there is not hand-wringing and serious backpedaling, I will continue to support Whole Foods.
01/19/2013 6:20:40 PM CST
Kimberly Vane says ...
You said it correctly the first time! Don't back pedal now! I have never shopped at your store but will be there tomorrow. Stand firm!
01/19/2013 7:07:16 PM CST
Cindy Fabian says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, With all due respect, we already have a free enterprise system of health care in the US today, and it has been failing on many fronts. It is ever increasingly expensive, with little connection between monies paid for services and outcomes received by patients. It interferes with patient - doctor decisions. It is one size fits all, at the lowest price, regardless of patient need or history. It misleads people into thinking they don't need comprehensive health care insurance throughout their lives. It is less efficient than government run Medicare. Medicare is not perfect. Veterans Administration care is not perfect. Private health care /insurance is also not perfect, and it's more quickly out pricing all but the wealthiest among us. Every day health care costs bankrupt, or nearly bankrupt individuals and families. Every day employees and their companies pay more money for less health care. Every day fewer people have health insurance and the ability to get needed health care. And all you could say about the effort to provide better access to health care for more people is that it's fascist?
01/19/2013 7:10:10 PM CST
Lisa Bonen says ...
Mr. Mackey is free to say what he wants; in this capitalist society, I am free to spend my money elsewhere. The free market health care system in the US is a huge failure, and Mackey's notion that Obama's solution is government controlled is not just incorrect, it is inflammatory (whether he called it socialist or fascist). So, sad to say, my $500 minimum monthly expenditures at his store will be going to the local health food store - smaller, but with much more value and integrity. I was happy to shop at WF despite the high prices, but it just doesn't seem worth enriching such a person anymore.
01/19/2013 7:15:09 PM CST
Michael B. says ...
We easily spend a couple of hundred dollars monthly at WF. I find the CEOs comments utterly despicable with no self serving, insincere apology for using a wrong word being acceptable. Mr. Mackey has shown himself to be just another Tea Party zealot specializing in demonizing those who do not cowtow to is selfishly myopic point of view. I have had many friends who have been team members at WF and I hope they look long nf hard at the type of pron the work for...because today, it all rings false.
01/19/2013 7:44:28 PM CST
Anne Faust says ...
I will not shop at Whole Foods until there are reports that WF is not simply compliant with the new health care laws but that WF is a leader in the new health care laws. My daughter won't shop there either. As such, her sorority won't spend any of their food budget at WF. As this entire group of young women get out of the habit of shopping at WF, they will also tell their family and friends why they won't shop at WF anymore. As such, the word will spread and the losses will continue. The only way I will return to shop at WF is after I hear reports about WF has become a real leader in the implementation of the new health care laws.
01/19/2013 8:05:04 PM CST
John Telfer says ...
Nice job John, the media hates when people talk truth, your statement hit home with those folks. As a business owner I stand by you and support your statement and will always patronize your establishment. We all need to speak out against Gov run healthcare, every individual deserves a shot at it, but not gov run!These other fly by nights that say they wont be back, they will, your co. and product is awesome and so superior! Do what you do best! Best Regards, John P.Telfer chef and owner, CBD catering Co.
01/19/2013 8:31:06 PM CST

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