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Mary James says ...
Free enterprise capitalism cannot work until wages and worker rights are restored. In its current state, it does nothing more than feed the greed of the 1%. Applied to healthcare it would drive the costs so high, hospitals would be closing everywhere. American corporations have proven they are only interested in bottom line and not the people who help them achieve it. Your comments reflected the apathy and sense of entitlement that you so quickly label others with. You can spin it any way you want but I won't be shopping at WF ever again.
01/17/2013 8:07:56 PM CST
Mary Lou Winters says ...
I iive about 1 1/2 mile from your store in WP NY. I shop there regularly--no more--will be bringing your health ins policy i.e. anti Obamacare to the attention of all my friends--you are greedy and do not care about the health of your employees --I'm going to Costco--this really means a lot to me and influences with whom I do business
01/17/2013 8:08:04 PM CST
Edmond Yee says ...
Affordable healthcare for WF employees; horrible. I recommend all in So California to spend their dollars at Trader Joe's.
01/17/2013 8:08:24 PM CST
Carrie L. Foster says ...
I cannot help but think you are going back on what you originally said due to the base of whole foods is progressive leaning. At this point I am not sure if I am going back to whole foods, I could justify spending more money on good food, but as I gave up shopping for lower prices at walmart due to similar reasons, I am considering not going back to whole foods. I was really astounded to hear you comments this morning and appalled that you stated Obama care was fascism. Which is stating he is a dictator promote his agenda for the country on.
01/17/2013 8:08:37 PM CST
Chuck Williams says ...
Facism, really ? Goodbye Whole Paycheck, Inc. There are other health food stores in my area.
01/17/2013 8:09:31 PM CST
Rosa G. Manriquez, IHM says ...
Although shopping at WF has been a budgetary challenge for me, I have been a regular customer because I am concerned about chemically altered food and cruelty to animals that are a food source. I want to be a good example to my grandchildren about sharing this world with the rest of creation. I hope my grandchildren will grow to be respectful and generous and will be willing to sacrifice for the good of others. Your attitude and words concerning the President and health care were not respectful or generous. Your apology is hollow. It sounds like the critical bottom line is money, not. I am so disappointed. I had almost convinced my children to shop at WF at least for the meat. I was willing to sacrifice and drive a great distance and scrimp on other items in my budget. No more. I will no longer be a customer until there is a true change at WF. Hopefully this will happen with the departure of John Mackey.
01/17/2013 8:09:39 PM CST
Deborah Gallagher says ...
Okay, John Mackey, my husband and I are vegan. We have been thrilled that a Whole Foods opened in Des Moines, Iowa and often make the trip to shop and eat there. Now, we heard your remarks about health care this morning. What a turnoff. Hey, we well know how to eat right and don't really need your store to do so. Plus, we care about your employees so much that we're not inclined to shop Whole Foods until you change your attitude and actual policies. In short, you blew it with us. We know how to cook. We don't need you. You need us. We're turned off.
01/17/2013 8:09:43 PM CST
Mike says ...
Whole Foods does some great things from a sustainability and health standpoint. That's why I was surprised and disappointed about your comments re: Obamacare. I am one of the many people in the country who cannot get private health insurance because of pre-existing conditions, so Obamacare provides my only source of potential insurance. I honestly don't care who (private versus public) provides the insurance; I just want the opportunity to buy some insurance. While the law may have shortcomings, I think your "analysis", including the reference to fascism or socialism, does not consider that basic point about the benefits of the law to people like me. You need to take your "business" hat off and think beyond what this means to Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 8:09:55 PM CST
DHB says ...
It must be all those conservatives and Republicans that buy your food. How did an man like you get to the top? On the backs of your underpaid and under insured employees? Free market? When they have you by the short hairs, their hearts and mind will follow. I will not shop with you anymore!
01/17/2013 8:10:01 PM CST
Gerald M. Mccarthy says ...
I am an active member in my community who shops at Whole Foods. Tonight (Jan. 17) I heard on the 'Ed Show' on MSNBC that the CEO of Whole Foods described the 'Affordable Health Care Act' as "Faschism". I am appalled at this comment. My wife and I have agreed not to shop at whole foods and have advised our adult children and our friends of the same until John Mackey retracts this horrendus statement. I am also following this email with a letter to my local newspapers.
01/17/2013 8:10:29 PM CST
Denise Archambault says ...
It doesn't matter what "words" you choose - initially or later once you've heard from your PR team, your lack of desire to help provide a basic standard of living for your employees (despite the continued growth of WF) is despicable. I write simply to inform you that I will no longer shop at Whole Foods. I will take my dollars to retail outlets that live by values that I don't leave me without an appetite.
01/17/2013 8:10:40 PM CST
Tim says ...
My family and friends used to spend a lot of money at your store (part of your 306% increase in profits under Obama). After Mackey's comments we have ALL agreed we have spent the last penny we will ever spend at Whole Foods.
01/17/2013 8:10:56 PM CST
Tom Rohall says ...
Just saw your statements. Last time I spend a dime in your store. Your ARE the problem.
01/17/2013 8:11:00 PM CST
Yvettte S. says ...
OK, fascism is a word that can no longer be casually used? This guy is woefully misinformed. Does he think we are all idiots? WHEN was it ever used flippantly? Word History: It is fitting that the name of an authoritarian political movement like Fascism, founded in 1919 by Benito Mussolini, should come from the name of a symbol of authority. The Italian name of the movement, fascismo, is derived from fascio, "bundle, (political) group," but also refers to the movement's emblem, the fasces, a bundle of rods bound around a projecting axe-head that was carried before an ancient Roman magistrate by an attendant as a symbol of authority and power. The name of Mussolini's group of revolutionaries was soon used for similar nationalistic movements in other countries that sought to gain power through violence and ruthlessness, such as National Socialism. 1. Fascism a. A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism. b. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government. 2. Oppressive, dictatorial control. Thanks Free Dictionary Your intentions were loud and clear. You have lost my business.
01/17/2013 8:12:35 PM CST
Richard Murian says ...
John Mackey has expressed himself just before I was planning to give my daughter a $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods. Now I am redirecting that small amount of money to some clothing stores she also likes. In the process, we have found out how poorly Whole Foods pays key people. I quite shopping at one major store because they sell gun clips and assault rifles. There are some exceptional products at Whole Foods but it will take a bigger apology or a new CEO before I ever enter one again. Richard Murian
01/17/2013 8:12:59 PM CST
grumpy says ...
Don't apologize. Thanks for speaking up!
01/17/2013 8:14:49 PM CST
Kathy Weber says ...
As a person who takes care and responsibility for my health, but nonetheless got cancer through no fault of my own, I think your comments are very short-sighted. Leaving health insurance to the continued vise-grip control of employers, and without the ACA, I would be uninsurable w/o employer-sponsored insurance. This seriously impacts ee mobility and leaves everyone open to bankruptcy if they suffer serious illness. Frankly, I don't trust CEOs like yourself and your condescending, paternalistic view on health insurance. I'm sick of "markets" being the unquestioned answer for everything - they are not. And it's very disappointing that a company like Whole Foods doesn't set the standard for good ee health insurance. Count me in as one of the many customers that will vote on this issue with my wallet.
01/17/2013 8:14:52 PM CST
katie gannon says ...
Hey, you just opened a big new store in Tucson. We have a family of four that eats exceedingly well. We won't be spending a dime at your Tucson stores, preferring to support locally-owned food co-ops and small natural grocers. Whole Foods: Get a clue! Mackey is bad for business. Not a dime from us or our extended family until this jerk is gone.
01/17/2013 8:15:12 PM CST
Randolph Mantooth says ...
Dear John Mackey. In America, you sir, have every right to say whatever you like. I, also have a right to spend my money where ever I like. Having said that, I must tell you, I will do my level best to NEVER spend another dime in any of your stores. When you call, or at the very least, infer that my President is a fascist, or is running a fascist country, you represent to me the very same mean-spirited, Party of "No", Tea Party extremists that are bringing this country ever closer to a second civil war. You are acting like all the other idiots out there who are saying remarkably stupid things, like; "I didn't really mean what I said" (Because my mouth is hurting my bottom line) "here is what I really meant....." No Sir....I take you at your word. Not your re-word. As sad as it is for me to eliminate you from my family's shopping regimen, the bright side is, I will save an enormous amount of money by not shopping at "Whole Paycheck" anymore.
01/17/2013 8:15:26 PM CST
boyd w wicks sr says ...
worried about the cost of your employyes health care ? is yours the same as theirs ? maybe you and your senior staff take a paycut to cover the costs for your employees ?
01/17/2013 8:16:40 PM CST
Gerry says ...
You simply want to keep more profits. You do not intend to cover your employers healthcare to make a statement. My statement to you is that I will never step into a Whole Foods again.
01/17/2013 8:17:33 PM CST
Deb lane says ...
I couldn't wait until the new whole foods opened in my area, but after your comments I won't shop at the store.
01/17/2013 8:17:40 PM CST
Craig A says ...
I have been a whole foods shopper for years and this makes me less likely to shop there. It is sad that business executives believe taking care of their employees is a form of fascism or socialism. Nothing short of a capitalist response, boycotting Whole Foods, is appropriate.
01/17/2013 8:18:26 PM CST
Linda Birchall says ...
All of my family & husband's family here in Tulsa, OK, will no longer shop at your stores. I have been a loyal customer in Dallas, Houston & now Tulsa for over 15 yrs. My remaining family in Austin, TX have also agreed to boycott your stores. We do not agree with your fascism comments regarding the Affordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare. You have become quite wealthy with your stores & your greed apparently knows no bounds. I can only hope your employees will be able to find better working conditions elsewhere. Fortunately, even in Tulsa, OK, we have a new store, Fresh Market, that is a much better alternative. Your lame attempt at an apology is not accepted. Hopefully, other customers will be happy to follow suit & shop elsewhere.
01/17/2013 8:18:40 PM CST
Albert Cumming says ...
You lost me too. You are thinking like a rich well paid executive and don't have a clue about normal people. While Rommey might have nodded at your comments, the ordinary folk are the ones that buy your products. You just alienated a significant percentage of them. It doesn't show careful thinking, not too good for a CEO.
01/17/2013 8:18:49 PM CST

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