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Kathy says ...
I would only apologize if the term didn't fit. It does! When did telling the truth in these United States become "offensive" enough to have to apologize?
01/25/2013 11:24:15 AM CST
Sandra Willis says ...
I used to drive out to Madison, NJ just to go to Wholefoods which is 4 towns away and I used to think it was worth it. If Wholefoods has a Board, Mr. Mackey should be terminated as damaging the reputation of the organization. People shop at Wholefoods for more than the food so just count another customer lost, actually that would be my whole family, so many customers lost. I read in the paper GrassRoots and Wegman's are coming to the town next two over, so I am sure they will be happy to have my money, ya know, capitalism at its best!
01/25/2013 1:57:34 PM CST
Annette Seidlitz says ...
It is not just your choice of words that is a problem. Unfortunitly what free enterprise has choosen to show us thus far is that Insurance Companies will & do take advantage of anyone & everyone to make a buck. They have absolutly no regard for the human being other than making a profit off of them & do not care about ones health. Dr's are currently controled by what the insurance companies dictate to them & it needs to change. Every human being in the United States is allowed legal representation (bad as it may be) yet we allow our sick, our elderly, our mentally ill & our poor to suffer & die without care. Do some really deserve so much while others have nothing?
01/25/2013 3:30:27 PM CST
Annette Seidlitz says ...
Wow...the more I read about the beliefs of this company the less I like you. As sad as I am to do it, Im afraid I have to stop shopping at your store. I paid your high prices because I thought you had better morals. Apparently not.
01/25/2013 3:34:53 PM CST
Tammy de Leeuw says ...
Mr. Mackey, you don't need to apologize to ANY of these over sensitive crybabies, most of whom have never owned a business or even paid an insurance premium. They also must not know or understand the true definition of fascist nor that "NAZI" means "National-Socialist" Wikipedia has a fascinating discussion of the subject, including this food for thought: Totalitarianism "Fascism promotes the establishment of a totalitarian state.[163] The Doctrine of Fascism states, "The Fascist conception of the State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value. Thus understood, Fascism is totalitarian, and the Fascist State—a synthesis and a unit inclusive of all values—interprets, develops, and potentiates the whole life of a people."[164] In The Legal Basis of the Total State, Nazi political theorist Carl Schmitt described the Nazi intention to form a "strong state which guarantees a totality of political unity transcending all diversity" in order to avoid a "disastrous pluralism tearing the German people apart".[165] Fascist states pursued policies of social indoctrination through propaganda in education and the media and regulation of the production of educational and media materials.[166][167] Education was designed to glorify the fascist movement and inform students of its historical and political importance to the nation. It attempted to purge ideas that were not consistent with the beliefs of the fascist movement and to teach students to be obedient to the state." This pretty much sums up what we have in Amerika right now...especially the teach obedience and indoctrinate part. JOHN MACKEY ROCKS!
01/25/2013 9:19:50 PM CST
A. Canadian says ...
I find this all so interesting. I am an employee at a Canadian Whole Foods store. I barely scrape by on the nominal wage I make, so I work a second job. There have been times I have stood in line at the local Food Bank because I struggle financially and have not been able to afford the food my own employer sells, even with my discount. My country has a health care system provided by the government - a system Mr. Mackey would probably call "fascist." I am extremely grateful for my health care system, one I pay a decent amount of taxes into. I do not worry if I am to somehow hurt myself or become sick with disease. I am looked after, thankfully, by my government. It's not a perfect or fool-proof system of course, but it is type of safety net. Working at Whole Foods, however, I am saddled with worry as I can barely afford my rent and basic necessities with what I am paid. I am also baffled as to how Mr. Mackey feels Obamacare would drive up company costs and cause employees to lose hours. His Canadian stores don't seem to be hurting. My store makes at least a million a week, I believe. The Canadian health care certainly hasn't hurt the company here. Call me a crazy Canadian, a socialist, or hey, even a fascist, but I wholeheartedly believe health care is a right for all citizens. It makes me uneasy to know the man who runs the company that I am (under)employed has no problem using such poor words to. He also fails to realize that although his employees have benefits, they're severely under-utilized or even known much about by his staff. And Mr. Mackey also seems to have no problem extolling the virtues of eating healthily to fend off disease, but he fails to realize the majority of his staff cannot afford to shop at his stores, even with a discount. The current American health care system doesn't seem to work all that well, so how can Obamacare hurt it any further? Everyone deserves health care. Instead of Mr. Mackey looking to Switzerland, maybe he should just look right over the 49th parallel.
01/25/2013 11:46:22 PM CST
paul baranofsky says ...
It is hard to fathom and or believe that the greatest alleged country in the world(USA)has the lousiest healthcare system of any major country in the world.We do indeed need to adopt the sytem that countries like canada have but it will never evere be done for two reasons.First it makes sense and in this nation we never do anything that makes sense.Also the politicians are in the pockets and getting kickbacks to finance their re-election campaigns from the drug companies and the major insurance comapnies so they are not about to do anything to upset the apple cart as the old expression goes.
01/26/2013 9:34:54 AM CST
Ramon says ...
Thank goodness here in Boulder we have other great alternatives, such as Lucky's and Sprouts, which I'll be patronizing from now on.
01/26/2013 5:09:09 PM CST
Nancy Bethke says ...
Mr. Mackey, You have the right to express your views on various political positions and decisions. I wish you could express your opinions in such a manner that doesn't make me, a progressive thinker, feel uncomfortable continuing my shopping at Whole Foods. I live in Baltimore and frequent the Mt. Washington store. It doesn't feel the same right now. Nancy Bethke
01/26/2013 5:13:36 PM CST
Ed L. says ...
It's not just health care but climate change where John Mackey has taken a wrong turn. "Word Choice" is such a lame excuse. We hear that too often from politicians who share their true views, and are anything but contrite. Mackey has decided to take all branding, marketing, and sales strategies for the company, and elevate his own ideologically driven views above those of his board, executives, shareholders, franchise operators, workers, and customers. Some of my friends began their boycott of Whole Foods in 2009 (when "word choice" was first showcased as a matter of public concern and executive bad character). I gave him a free pass at the time. And I now join them. This appears to be an ongoing and consistent trend. We don't want better word choices, we want a company that acts responsibly and earns the respect and business of it's customers. We want accountability.
01/26/2013 7:28:57 PM CST
Pamela Hill says ...
Your comments and blatant lies to your customers turn my stomach. I will no longer spend a penny in your store and will make sure all my friends and family who also shop with you know the truth. Knowing them, you've lost their business too.
01/26/2013 7:58:29 PM CST
Marcus says ...
I was very excited about the new store opening in Brooklyn NY, that would save me from bringing things i need from the Store i used to frequent a lot in Union Square and it would save me from having to go to Fairway Market. However, after hearing and reading about your incorrect, blatantly idiotic comments about "Obamacare" I cant find it in my heart to continue to shop there. I think id rather spend my $400-600 a month with a company that doesn't have such a terrible view of heath care that can save lives, Lives like my Aunt who found out she had cancer and her insurance wouldnt cover all of her treatments... But Obamacare made it so it had to. I still have my aunt here today. You have the right to think and do as you please.. But if you run a business, you should keep your big WRONG mouth shut, especially when it doesn't effect you.
01/27/2013 6:33:41 AM CST
Brent K says ...
I agreed with everything you said about the US healthcare system being more fascistic than socialistic. But like the fascist leader Benito Mussolini himself said, "Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power." If you said it was more like corporatism than socialism, you'd still be technically correct, only it wouldn't be as controversially received. You shouldn't regret something you are right about.
01/27/2013 2:38:43 PM CST
Richard Bottoms says ...
I do my best to spend as little as possible at your stores precisely because of your CEO's big mouth. If you wish to compare Obamacare to the Holocaust, be my guest but I suspect it won't end up a positive for your bottom line.
01/28/2013 1:33:33 PM CST
R Davidson says ...
Healthcare should be a basic birthright as in other "civilized countries. NO PROFIT should be made, and no civilized country allows private insurance to siphon off any dollars from this basic right. Mackey's original statement revealed his true beliefs and my family will respond with our pocketbooks. Never again will we step foot inside Whole Foods. His apology was empty and we're not "buying" (pun intended) it.
01/28/2013 2:56:40 PM CST
Bill says ...
You're kidding? That's it? Too little, too late. The original comment and the sentiments behind seem to have been made by someone deaf, dumb and blind given the demographics of the WF customer. We're going to be shopping elsewhere and I can't tell you how many people I know who plan to do the same.
01/29/2013 7:38:27 AM CST
a rey says ...
Im a 20+ year customer who drove 60 miles to a store until one opened closer. But Im done. You can spin your CEOs words all you want but what he originally said and his lame "explanation" have soured me. BTW - Mackey must be getting his info from Fox News. The health care law DOES make providions for free market exchanges, co-ops, interstate, intrastate collaboration and many more derivations. Clearly its another corporation whining about a penny they cant call profit and Im taking my hard earned money elsewhere.
01/29/2013 8:45:36 AM CST
Alysia Bedgood says ...
The point of living in a free country is to be able to speak how you feel and not have to say what everyone wants to hear. Working in the medical field I agree that creativity and innovation are important. I also believe that people should not just be given health care and that those who work hard should have a right to choose while still providing a safety net...not a equal for all net. Keep speaking how you feel and not how the American public inks you should feel.
01/29/2013 10:30:10 AM CST
Michele Anderson says ...
John, thanks so much for writing this article to clarify your previous statement. As a loyal employee of Whole Foods Market, vegan advocate, and health food nerd, I appreciate this. Also, I know that you are a dynamic man and business owner, and with this know that everything you say impacts Whole Foods Market. On a side note, I enjoy working for WFM, and LOVE our current health care program.
01/29/2013 12:59:54 PM CST
Micky says ...
For those of you that believe what his opinion is is "unethical", may I suggest you do some soul searching and understand that he has a right to it. You don't have to shop there any more. That's okay, he shouldn't have been ridiculed UNETHICALLY by the media in the first place. This is not the media's place to go after individuals with an opinion. This clearly not journalism done by these outlets that went after Mackey. It's their political biases. They don't have to agree, but they're not journalists any more, they're a PAC for the proponents of Obamacare and nothing else when they behave this way.
01/30/2013 8:58:54 PM CST
Loren Eaton says ...
Dear Mr Mackey, Thank you for your defense of our free enterprise capital system. We need someone like you to develop the pros and cons of CAPITALISM VERUS SOCIALISM so the average american can understand the differences. Without a national debate/or understanding we are about to morph into SOCIALISM without even a discussion. I grew up in a poor family and was able to work hard, become an officer in a fortune 500 company. I fear the same opportunities to reap the rewards of hard work will not be available for my grandchildren if the US continues on the current path to SOcialism. Again,thank you Mr Mackey for raising the issue and reflecting the positive aspects of CAPITALISM. I encourage you to carry this on and develop the argument, history,and why capitalism is a superior system to Socialism. The simpler and more understandable the arguments the better.In the end either the govt or some rich individuals end up with too much money under both systems. However, would you rather have rich individuals like Ford,Rockefeller,Buffet helping those in need or the Federal govt?? The fed govt has proven it can't run anything as greedy beuracrats siphom off the spoils. Loren Eaton
01/31/2013 7:52:58 AM CST
Nato says ...
I turned on my ipod and listened to your recorded interview with Michael krasny on forum. I listened and I was quite saddened by your responses and comments because they seemed shallow and memorized like the politicians who often interview with Krasny. I was not interested in your use of fascism and your other past remarks because it is just that, name calling. What saddened me was your remark On. child labor. What I heard: That in developing country, it was okay since how else are they going to become more developed and we can't help them with our rules and regulations. This idea smacks of colonialism. The colonialists justified their brutal behavior that way. Can't help them, it will disrupt the natural evolution, now let's export all their resources. I take issue with a whole host of rhetoric you expressed on air but there is not enough time and I have not read your book. I won't read your book though. Based on your interview, I know I will only get more angry based on your interview. You keep changing your labels but it hasn't changed you. I have also decided to only shop at whole foods unless absolutely necessary. It will take a bit more time but I can go to the coop or farmers mkt and get meat at the butcher. I am fortunate to live where I live. I am not wealthy. I am a gardener. i know what % of my income goes to good food.
02/02/2013 12:52:28 AM CST
Jennifer Smith says ...
Your choice of words on the healthcare law has made me an even BIGGER supporter of Whole Foods!!! Socialism, Fascism, Communism, Corporatism, etc., never works. The only "ism" that works is Free Market Capitalism. Thank you for being a voice for liberty, John!
02/04/2013 7:39:18 AM CST
Sally says ...
You should have thought twice before you called the Health Care Reform Act a form of fascism. You should have thought first about your company requirements for employee health care qualification. Secondly, you should have asked yourself how much in tax credits has Whole Foods received over the years from the many municipalities in which Whole Foods established itself. Is that fascism? I'm boycotting your store for a while-also known as "Whole Paycheck".
02/04/2013 11:32:25 PM CST
mark megar says ...
Hey there, I heard your interview and it is not the choice of a single word that disgusted me, but it is the fact that one of the reasons I personally shop at whole foods is for what I thought was the ethical treatment of the employees (and animals) in the supply chain and at the stores. You have shown that you too are an out of touch rich elitist. You have good healthcare because you can afford it, everyone deserves health coverage, the market is not supplying that. I would propose that your main consumers are liberal thinking and voting individuals (I get the Whole Paycheck line all the time when promoting your store). I personally have cut back on my shopping at your stores and will continue to look for alternatives that meet my needs. As a capitalist you should know that this will affect your bottom line.
02/06/2013 9:52:18 AM CST

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