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James M. says ...
I can't wait for the day when your so called "Associates" will have the opportunity to vote for a union shop! That should shut you up real good! Just like Walmart you are ripping off your workers everyday they toil for you! SHAME ON WHOLE FOODS!
01/17/2013 7:23:36 PM CST
Stephen Smith says ...
Every time Mr. Mackey comments publicly about politics, I'm completely turned off. He should keep his views to himself.
01/17/2013 7:23:53 PM CST
Raleigh says ...
John Mackey is obviously ignorant about the Swiss health care system. It offers more government regulation than Obamacare, including price controls and strict oversight of benefit coverage. Mackey, like our current health care system makes me sick! This means I will boycott Whole Foods again!!! The last time Mackey opened his mouth I stayed out of Whole Foods, which was previously my only destination for buying groceries, for 6 months. I returned to shopping at Whole Foods 2x weekly and planned my next trip tomorrow. Well, here we go again. This time 6 months might not be long enough for this company to get it! Doesn't Mackey realize that healthcare is controlled by the insurance companies? Is that better than, say, Medicare? Good bye and good riddance Whole Foods!
01/17/2013 7:26:17 PM CST
pr ken says ...
I will NOW BOYCOTT Whole Foods!!!! Your negative comments about Pres. Obama is disgraceful! Plus your organic foods that come from CHINA, WTF??
01/17/2013 7:26:53 PM CST
Gregg Weisskirk says ...
Facism has its modern face in the Tea Party and Republican Party, not in public health initiatives which acknowledge that everyone has equal opportunity to health care. You lost our family as shoppers - forever.
01/17/2013 7:28:33 PM CST
S. P. says ...
Mackey, I believe you said what you truly meant the first time. So take your apology and stuff it! I easily spend about $200 a week at WholeFoods only because I live in a neighborhood (of mostly black and brown people) where access to healthy food is limited. So I have to drive to the other side of town where the gentrifiers live to get decent food so I won't get sick. No more! I will be taking my business to Trader Joe's. Your food is way overpriced and I hear WF is pro GMO. No more of my WholeCheck! Good bye.
01/17/2013 7:32:24 PM CST
Markb3699 says ...
Finally someone tries to do something about the health care system and all some people do is complain. If critics don't like the way the law turned out they have Republican obstructionists to thank for it. At least the president took action.
01/17/2013 7:37:07 PM CST
Anonymous shopper says ...
Oh yay, the non-apology apology. If Mr Mackey doesn't issue a real apology then I'm boycotting whole foods. Not only has he made an incredibly ignorant remark. He's also displayed his inability to read dictionary definitions. How's he a CEO again? Oh... Right... His only purpose is to hurt workers via ripping them off.
01/17/2013 7:38:30 PM CST
Allan Perez says ...
I will not be snooping at Whole Foods any longer.
01/17/2013 7:40:10 PM CST
Margaret says ...
Board of Directors of Whole Foods do you exist? Lose this loser co-CEO before he destroys your business by speaking and acting against your customers' well-being. Or are you all working to overturn the Canada Health Act and abolish our government run universal health care system? If so, hit the road all of you, back to the U.S. I'll be looking for my organic groceries elsewhere.
01/17/2013 7:42:03 PM CST
Ron Gunden says ...
I too regret your poor choice of words recently and in 2009. Thank goodness in our area we have HEB as an outstanding grocer in lieu of Whole Foods, which is where we will be shopping. I am a small business owner who is happy to provide outstanding health care to our employees
01/17/2013 7:43:57 PM CST
Douglas Merilatt says ...
Poor word choice or not, Mr. Mackey's sentiment is clear and I profoundly disagree with it. I live on Miami Beach within three blocks of a Whole Foods Market and several blocks of a Fresh Market. I'll now be exclusively taking my business to the latter.
01/17/2013 7:44:10 PM CST
EP says ...
Very short sided comment by the CEO. Does he not realize that at least HALF of his customers do not agree with him and his comments?? I own a business and if I alienated HALF of my customers, I'd be out of business. Don't look for me to enter his stores again. And I'm part of the 1%! By the way, I'm a responsible business owner. I provide outstanding health insurance to my employees because it is the right and moral thing to do. It costs me a lot, but I can sleep at night.
01/17/2013 7:44:42 PM CST
winston vickers says ...
I WAS an avid Whole Foods shopper. I find it offensive and stupid of John Mackey to equate any particular regulatory scheme as "fascism" because he doesn't particularly agree with it, when his stores are totally dependent on vigorous other regulatory schemes that "tell people how they should run their businesses" such as those that govern food safety, worker safety, truth in labeling, etc that his stores would go broke without. Imagine if only the free market ruled meat packers and other food processors - all the people that would be sickened or die and their families, or who were defrauded with false labeling, would be looking to sue not only the companies producing the product but also the retailer (ie Whole Foods). Right now Whole Foods and Mr. Mackey use those regulations that are good for their business as a shield, while criticizing those they don't like, the height of hypocrisy. In addition, he has contributed to climate change denial in the past - another instance where he apparently thinks that because he has some good ideas (and Whole Foods's approach to food is a good one) that ALL his ideas are good ones (even those relating to areas of science he knows nothing about), and should be widely disseminated. The board of Whole Foods should strongly consider getting rid of him - he seems to have gotten way too full of himself if he is ready to throw around such terms as fascism. Next thing you know he will be joining the Limbaugh types and using some of their other favorite terms like Nazi and Hitler to refer to people he disagrees politically or policy-wise with. Can't wait to hear his next pronouncement from on high - probably on gun control or something else he knows nothing about.
01/17/2013 7:44:44 PM CST
Ron Thorstad says ...
Today I decided to move my weekly grocery shopping from Whole Foods to Sunflower, which is closer to my home anyway. John Mackey doesn't represent American values as my wife and I see them.
01/17/2013 7:44:46 PM CST
Sylvia says ...
Near the end of the work day today I found myself explaining to colleagues that I needed to use my WF gift certificate because after it is spent I will no longer shop at WF because of Mackey's Obamacare remarks. Help me understand why businesses that often benefit from tax breaks and other government incentives want to deny essential services and supports to individuals and groups,even people who buy their good and services? Also, why do we think it is okay for 'investors" and businesses to control access, quality and quantity of health care in order to ensure profits/income for the few at the expense of the many? Such practices clearly lead to lack of or limited health care coverage due to affordability. This, in turn, results in poor health outcomes, financial ruin for some, and untimely or excess deaths for others. Other countries with single payer/universal health care have better outcomes, their citizens live longer, and no business or corporate entity profits from the ill health of others. Also, WF has a large flourishing store in the UK; England has universal health care. Has WF indicated to the English that their health care system is fascist? Finally, shame on Mackey; the people who will ultimately pay for his spouting his personal beliefs will be employees of WF. As patronage at WF markets falls off in response to his ill informed remarks, people who had no input in informing his remarks will be laid off and/or have their work hours reduced. Patronizing WF is a choice; optimal health and health care is not! Why is this message lost on the entitled advantaged?
01/17/2013 7:46:13 PM CST
Edgar Brenninkmeyer says ...
Mr. Mackey, leave Austin (even though it is a very nice place in Texas), and move to California. Then join Kaiser Permanente. Great healthcare system! Just what you look for: it is competitive and creative, EMPOWERING THE INDIVIDUAL TO MAKE WELL INFORMED CHOICES in order to live a healthy, happy, and productive life, without necessarily shopping at Whole Foods every day - some Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers host local farmers' markets right on their doorstep. Now THAT is good creative healthcare! A pity that you have to go without Kaiser down there in Texas...:-)
01/17/2013 7:49:46 PM CST
Lori F says ...
Too bad about the word choice, John. But obviously, you thought you could say it with no consequences. I'll be shopping at Central Market from now on. As a consumer, I'm tired of your tirades.
01/17/2013 7:51:20 PM CST
Irene says ...
I want to know whether these views reflect the policies of he company. If so, I won't be shopping at Whole Foods anymore.
01/17/2013 7:51:35 PM CST
Jack Johnson says ...
We typically shop at WF 2 to 3 times a week for the food and the staff both of which are generally wonderful. Mackey's words and more importantly, his ideology, have poisoned my WF view. It'll be tough leaving WF, but I must say goodbye. So I guess John's choice this time is a lose, lose, lose.
01/17/2013 7:52:47 PM CST
GERRY HALL says ...
Will not be in another Whole Foods Store. This attitude is unacceptable. And another point...I want to know that the food I buy is "whole' food. Other wise I can go to any neighborhood grocery.
01/17/2013 7:53:58 PM CST
Frank J Riefkohl says ...
BOYCOTT WFM Thanks for showing your true colors. The only way Corporate American learnsis through Profit or Loss.
01/17/2013 7:54:58 PM CST
Marlyn Hollembeak says ...
I am with you completely! Fascism works for me!
01/17/2013 7:55:17 PM CST
Beth Lockwood says ...
My son has stage IV cancer. He is lucky that he lives in Massachusetts where they originated Obamacare, otherwise, his premiums under a free market healthcare system would increase astronomically or he could lose his health insurance if he was unable to work. Up until now I was a loyal Whole Foods shopper. No more.
01/17/2013 7:55:31 PM CST
Doug says ...
Being a firm believer in the First Amendment, I support your CEO's right to express himself. However, as a consumer, I am convinced that one of my greatest powers is how I elect to spend my money. I choose to no longer spend my money at Whole Foods. I don't want my cash 'voice' to support such views. And, incidentally, the 'apology' only served to strengthen my resolve.
01/17/2013 7:55:51 PM CST

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