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Laura Auletta says ...
Why do companies insist on offending their customers? I just don't get it. I have choices regarding where I buy organic. I will exercise my choice.
01/19/2013 8:47:44 PM CST
Sekti says ...
Mr. Mackey throws around the term "free enterprise capitalism" as easily as he does "Nazism". Does "free enterprise capitalism" mean that one can anonymously blog and manipulate the reputation of a company so that you can acquire it at a lower price? Sorry, I have choices as to where I shop- and it will no longer be Whole Foods.
01/19/2013 9:02:43 PM CST
nurse bebee says ...
c I have a whole foods coming to the area where i live/ I was happy until I listened John Mackeys Comments on obamacare - Let me tell you John Mackey why I wont be shopping at your new store. You pretend that your main goal in life is to bring me overpriced groceries that will lead me to a healthier standard of living. I have money to do just that ,but what about your employees- they cannot have a healthier standard of living if you do not provide them with healhcare thru the affordable care act which will soon be the law of the land- hopefully there will be other peiple who see through your so called concern an d will frequent plavces that feel their employees are worth benefits that are now required /.You are ahypocrite & I cannot wait to boycott your store and all others who think the laew does not apply to them - Fascisim is a really nasty analogy.
01/19/2013 9:35:46 PM CST
nurse bebee says ...
I will not set foot in any whole foods ever again- FASCISM is something an awful person uses to make a point -Karl Rove Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh come to mind- Funny how John Mackey uses it when he might have to actually pay his employees their well earned benfits. You have lost a customer/ How dare you!
01/19/2013 9:42:13 PM CST
Brian Brown says ...
I am totally disgusted with CEOs that make millions of dollars not supporting healthcare for everyone. It was a poor choice to turn your company's voice political. I am sure most of your customers are liberal. I dont think spending a few billion dollars to make a healther society is bad.
01/19/2013 9:46:57 PM CST
S.E. says ...
To all the shills who are boycotting. 1 WFM does provide Health care for Full time employees 2 It also pays 100% of the premium. 3 It also provides a Personal wellness account to off set the deductible 4 Last time I checked America had freedom of Speech 5 Name any other company who provides Free Health care to employees 6 They all say they will never shop at WFM again I bet the farm they will be back 7 The government cannot run Social Security or Medicare or Medicade so how will they run a Health care program 8 Just wait and see what happens when small business is forced to give Health coverage they will go under 9 WFM has been doing what they do for over 30 yrs. They are not stopping now and the stock price and street love them 10 To all the sheltered shills on the blog go back under your rocks and drink your Kool Aid.
01/19/2013 10:10:35 PM CST
Karen Minnis says ...
No apology or clarification needed. Obamacare is a joke!!! My husband and I live on a fixed income and we've just been notified of HUGE (>$2,500) healthcare premium increases for 2013. I visited Whole Foods for the first time today. Thank you for your hard work!
01/19/2013 10:33:00 PM CST
Syler Womack says ...
Why apologize for the truth? I've never shopped your store because it's too far away, but if you keep speaking the Truth, I'll drive that 70 miles to get to you.
01/19/2013 10:37:57 PM CST
Brett Horner says ...
This is much more than a poor word choice. It's really just plain poor judgement and being wrong and unjust. The CEO has really lost it, and has behaved poorly for the last 3 or 4 years. Perhaps success has warped his mind. I like the store, but despise the founder. Stay in Texas John, and keep your soiled opinions to yourself.
01/19/2013 11:06:36 PM CST
Brian Brown says ...
Are you freaking kidding me.........first Health Care fiasco and now Climate Change??????? WHO IS THIS GUY???????? NOT SHOPPING THERE ANYMORE
01/19/2013 11:11:28 PM CST
Ulla says ...
Here I was, conscientiously making my food purchases at Whole Foods, until one morning in January, I happened to hear the founder equal the health care reform to fascism. My husband is from the Basque country and grew up living under Franco's fascist rule. I, myself, remember November 20, 1975 and the collective sigh of relief upon the death of the dictator. It is with great regret that I know have to make the conscious effort to stop being a customer of Whole Foods due to a poor choice of words, which obviously was quite deliberate. Fascism should not be a part of any vocabulary describing this country! I would like to make it clear that I have not been distracted by the use of the word "fascism" , rather deeply hurt and determined to act on such a frivolous use of the word.
01/19/2013 11:38:49 PM CST
My Wag says ...
Health care should not be treated as a commodity that is just bought and sold. It can mean your life. You have shaped your business model based on those who you want to first: *sell food....good, nutritious...it matters to them...it can matter to you...but in reality...it's just a busness model that has to be sold in our regulated, exploited, financially corrupt free market system. *employ...they most likely have a desire for an alternative to our regular processed food market. but probably not the early employees It is commendable that you offer health care benefits ( I do not know the quality of extent ). I personally think that health care benefits or insurance should be de-coupled from employment (think of the money you'd save). I agree with the GOP on one thing...we don't want the Govt or (Private Enterprise) coming between the people and their health care.
01/19/2013 11:50:38 PM CST
S.E. says ...
Oh I forgot to say John Mackey does not pay himself like these other CEO,s he gets paid $1 Dollar a year in salary and has for many many years. WFM also contributes to many fine Charities and causes. Go chase the greed mongers and CEOs on Wall Street.
01/19/2013 11:54:39 PM CST
Jonathan B says ...
John, I'm impressed by your activist role as a freedom fighter and as a businessman. To the many people who react emotionally to his comments, please take a moment to see what this man does for society and his employees. We all share a common goal of improving quality of life but everyone NEEDS to take a moment and challenge their own thinking. Granted, no one is perfect, but he speaks sense, for YOUR BENEFIT. He's already worth $100 million, doesn't take a salary, and donates a $1 million a year. So he's not writing with an agenda. I understand the desire to react emotionally but please- DO SOME RESEARCH. Give it a change to engage in productive conversation. Not just- IM NEVER SHOPPING AT WHOLE FOODS, because you are emotionally upset. I promise there's more too it.
01/20/2013 12:17:05 AM CST
Vince Furfaro says ...
Ive been shopping @ Whole Foods here in San Francisco (Franklin & California St.) for 13 yrs. Love the store, which has very qualified professional employees. It sadens me to think that a CEO of a company such as this, would be so insensitive to 65% of his customers, who are obviously Liberal Democrats. I shop at this store 5-6x a week for my job and myself. this morning, three loyal customers went up to the front desk, and said they will no longer be coming back until Mr. Mackey steps down. I truly wonder if he realized the impact his recent statements about Obamacare would have on his base. It's very sad, because I adore this store. Do I boycott this store because of his viewpoint, or continue shopping? I spoke to a few employees this morning, they were told not to go online and discuss this. all of them were not happy about Mackeys comments. I'm very concerned about the future of WF. Maybe it would be a good idea for Mackey to take an early retirement. It would surely bring back the thousands he's currently losing.
01/20/2013 12:29:58 AM CST
breck says ...
Through demonstrating your knowledge and wisdom in an area where many others are confused, misinformed, uneducated, and ultimately blindly ignorant, you have made me a new customer. Looking forward to seeing less sheep at my local Whole Foods!
01/20/2013 1:10:09 AM CST
Oliver Hofmann says ...
Congratulations on losing another customer over an insane rant.
01/20/2013 1:58:11 AM CST
Anabel Graetz says ...
Surely Mr. Mackey knew exactly what the word fascism implied when he made his statement ; and clearly he doesn't understand what fascism really is: control of the people and the government by capitalists in the worse sense of the word. Where labor is treated as a bare necessity and given little or no freedom and held as closely as possible to the position of slaves, or, at best, serfs. I would like to see Mr. Mackey write in greater detail about his ideas of what fascism is. And, alternatively, how responsibility can become a part of the body politic, where greed is controlled and those in need are best served. In other words, how does capitalism encourage his approach to business vs that of the Walmart empire?
01/20/2013 2:34:48 AM CST
Andy Landry says ...
Fascism 1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition 2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality This sounds like Obamacare to me. I don't see why my tax dollars have to pay for other people's health issues. I work for a company that takes care of their employes and lets us vote on and choose the type of coverage we want as a group. Why can't other companies do this? Why am I now forced to pay for healthcare issues for an overweight and out of shape country? Why is Obama focusing on his legacy instead of coming up with a preventive plan from getting people sick? The way our country is headed in terms of Heath care IS fascist so John Macky was in no way out of line using that term and I applaud him in speaking his mind in a society where you have to walk on eggshells not to offend anyone. I also would like to thank him for this blog and further explaining his views on the important remark he made last week.
01/20/2013 6:28:02 AM CST
Helene Smith-Romer says ...
Whole foods has changed. Many times on their hot bar they serve fry unhealthy-cholesterol.-saturated .. food. Many wonderful labels and products are now gone. Indeed, Mackey's opinion reflects his incredible growing greed ...I normally purchase from $100-150.00 a week at WholeFoods. I will still shop there but will limit my purchases Whole Food. How very disappointing...It seems as fascism applies applies to Mr. Mackey not to President Obama...
01/20/2013 6:56:14 AM CST
Anon says ...
So are Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and UK all facist?
01/20/2013 7:19:39 AM CST
william watman says ...
a lot of BS so that he doesn't have to pay for the health care his employees deserve. What free market? And the union shop that protects his workers? Or the fair wage he insists for the pickers of his $2 lb onions. This is self serving at the highest level and we don't have to support it!
01/20/2013 7:26:40 AM CST
Michele says ...
What ever happened to free speech? You're entitled to your opinion even if it is correct. Where is all the tolerance people are supposed to be showing? You made an accurate comparison. Basically, today you can express whatever "correct minded" people think but once you disagree, or have an independent thought, you're wrong or they label you. I will continue to shop at Whole Foods.
01/20/2013 7:40:12 AM CST
carole says ...
If we all are living in the US, remember we have freedom of speech. Whether you agree or disagree, doesn't matter. I believe the country is in the state that it is because people can't see past there own opinions. We need to accept this as his opinion and move on. Whole foods is a good company, continue to support the company and the employees that work there. REMEMBER it is an opinion. WE ALL HAVE THEM!!! GET OVER IT!!!
01/20/2013 7:45:15 AM CST
kathleen says ...
Mr. Mackey has a right to say how he feels and I agree with him -this is still a free country although the government is trying to control more and more of our choices and run businesses. I dont shop at Whole Foods because the prices are way too high for me(I am retired) ,but I agree with the person that said maybe a successful ,national,business owner shouldnt discuss politics or religion on public radio.
01/20/2013 7:50:40 AM CST

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