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Does Employee's Resignation Letter Turn You Off From Whole Foods?

Living 2011/07/25 21:03:42
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Austin-based Whole Foods Market has enjoyed a very quick ascent to its current position as one of the nation's most health-conscious and socially responsible businesses, but not everyone is happy with the way they're running things.

A former employee, whose name is being protected, submitted a longwinded resignation letter to his Whole Foods employers at the Toronto branch, comparing his five years' experience with the company to a rocky tumble into a firy Nickleback concert.

We're not sure what that means, but it sounds awful.

Among other things, the employee criticizes Whole Foods for failing to follow its own "core values," particularly in terms of wastefulness and the environmental issues they supposedly champion.

He begins by accusing them of forcing him to wear latex gloves while handing out gummy bears, installing energy-wasting televisions throughout the store, wasting ink on "bureaucratic nonsense" and overstocking.

He also wrote, "Oh, you like to manage 'systems' instead of people? You don't hold critical thinking and discretion in high regard? You encourage blindly following rules? I.e., no recourse in challenging write ups. Employees given cold shoulder when they attempt anything like this."

We assume this means he was written up at some point, and was not happy about it.

But perhaps the former employee's most crippling blow was this comparison: "You're kind a faux hippy Wal-Mart [sic] now."

Ouch.

Click here to read the whole thing. It's long.

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  • KingdomNow 2011/07/25 21:45:09
    No
    KingdomNow
    +12
    A typical, disgruntled employee with a very large ax to grind against his employer and the people around him.

    The prices turn me off from Whole Foods. It should be called "Whole Paycheck."

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  • TheTailor 2011/07/27 12:12:49
    No
    TheTailor
    +1
    Meh, another whining employee that thinks he/she should run the show.
  • Maci 2011/07/27 10:33:09
  • Nuke 2011/07/27 07:52:03
    No
    Nuke
    +1
    I was ALREADY turned off of whole foods to begin with and doesn't change a thing, this whole "Organic" crap is stupid and costs way too much, I went once....
    You can buy 3 things for $80... Ugg
  • Casper4690 2011/07/27 07:01:01
    No
    Casper4690
    +1
    Funny cry me a river

    Big baby!
  • Manwé 2011/07/27 06:55:52
    No
    Manwé
    +2
    I don't go to them much, they are overpriced
  • Wayzuns 2011/07/27 06:27:01
    No
    Wayzuns
    +1
    Some people have a sense of entitlement. It's probably because Canada has been working at making itself socialist, so now the guy doesn't get what he thinks he deserves and all of a sudden it's not such a good thing. If you get written up it is usually because you've screwed up, so your addition is going to likely be you trying to convince someone you aren't a screw up. Don't bother. AND GEE! I WONDER WHY HE DIDN'T LIST ALL OF THE THINGS HE LOVES ABOUT THEM AS THEY ARE GETTING RID OF HIM.
  • Julie 2011/07/27 06:01:27 (edited)
    None of the above
    Julie
    +2
    I don't shop there anyways because there isn't one near me and its expensive but his letter sound like he is taking the whole "green" thing a little too far...this employee forgot that Whole Foods is still a business which means they want to make a profit, which means they can't be 100% green. You'd think that would just be common sense...
  • Just Jenn for Now 2011/07/27 05:30:40
    No
    Just Jenn for Now
    cry some more gif

    Typical fiery pissed off employee. Oh well, get over your butthurt and find another job. Though you've just kind of SCREWED yourself out of that with this letter, haven't ya!? Guess you have SOME brains because you were at least a smidge smart enough to keep your identity hidden.
  • Zach 2011/07/27 05:19:11
    None of the above
    Zach
    Sounds like the Employee is just bitter. But we don't shop at Whole Foods. I don't even think there is a Whole Food's in a 50 mile radius of my town, so the letter doesn't affect me.
  • WickedPippy 2011/07/27 04:59:46
    No
    WickedPippy
    We need one in AK...Whole foods kicks A and two s's
  • Wayzuns WickedP... 2011/07/27 06:30:11
    Wayzuns
    +1
    I would bet huge money that half of their food is not as whole as they would have you believe. Organic is one of the most fake words being used these days, and I'd guess most isn't organic at all, but you'll sure be paying for it as if it is.
  • WickedP... Wayzuns 2011/07/27 21:15:39
    WickedPippy
    No I agree that is why I investigate and read labels...There are also a lot of "non organic" foods that don't have harmful ingredients. Still Anchorage doesn't have many choices by the way of Organic...it would be nice to have some more options....
  • AstroZombie 2011/07/27 03:34:12
    None of the above
    AstroZombie
    Whole Foods is way too expensive. It might not be a very green way of looking at things, but in tough times, people care more about staying on budget than they do organic lemonade. My family buys fruits and veggies at our local Shop Rite.
    And, just saying, the writer used incorrect spellings of both Nickelback and fiery. I can't stand Nickelback, but it bugs me to see such simple mistakes in an article.
  • rusty 2011/07/27 02:56:38
    No
    rusty
    +1
    I don't understand the concept. Food is food. Some places just charge more.
  • JS 2011/07/27 02:13:23
    No
    JS
    Bad day, family problems, many things that could happen to him to make him feel angry. I will not judge by gossip.
  • Kim 2011/07/27 02:04:14
    No
    Kim
    there's not one in my area anyway, though. What company doesn't use that much energy? He sounds just stupid.
  • ɟʇʇoɔs 2011/07/27 02:00:31 (edited)
    Yes
    ɟʇʇoɔs
    All those corporate "philosophies" are never for the staff or actual customers, it's for the share holders...

    That is why I am happy to be employed at a mom and pop pizza shop where I don't have to follow insane rules on how to hold the bag, how to answer the phones, etc..
  • mustachio 2011/07/27 01:35:52
    No
    mustachio
  • Veritas 2011/07/27 01:29:00
    No
    Veritas
    +1
    No! That's business for you! The writer could be expressing these views about any large chain. The store is cost prohibitive for me.
  • Chris D 2011/07/27 00:26:58
    No
    Chris D
    +1
    but the place is waaaay to expensive..."got to pay my $80 for six things and get the hell-out" this video has it all summed up nicely
  • Melizmatic 2011/07/26 23:59:27
    None of the above
    Melizmatic
    "Firy" is not a word, but "fiery" is.

    I hope that was a direct quote from the letter in question, otherwise...

    Get it together SH "writers".
  • Eric B. 2011/07/26 23:15:13
    No
    Eric B.
    Obviously, this employee just didn't like working. I'm still going to buy my organic, vegan food in pride of knowing that the company I buy it from is doing good deeds by giving back to the environment and humanity.
  • Anna E 2011/07/26 23:06:55
    No
    Anna E
    +2
    I don't think I've ever had Whole Foods foods. Sounds like this dood is full of sour grapes from Whole Foods. lol.
  • Melizmatic Anna E 2011/07/27 00:00:25
    Melizmatic
    +1
    If you saw their exorbitant prices, you never would either.

    My friends call it "whole paycheck" because that's what it costs to shop there.
  • Anna E Melizmatic 2011/07/27 00:13:14
    Anna E
    +2
    oh
    Is it still in business?
  • Melizmatic Anna E 2011/07/27 01:28:33
    Melizmatic
    +2
    Yup; it is.

    Although I prefer the farmer's market, myself.

    Much less expensive.
  • Anna E Melizmatic 2011/07/30 21:18:27
    Anna E
    +1
    I'm sure with you there. :)
    We grow most of our own but when we buy stuff we are picky about where it comes from and how much it costs.
  • Pavi 2011/07/26 20:58:22
    No
    Pavi
    I've never shopped at Whole Foods.
  • Ben 2011/07/26 20:58:09
    Yes
    Ben
    +2
    A business is a business and it has one mission in it's life: to make money. Some pretend to care about the environment. Some pretend to care about our bodies. Some even act like they don't care at all. But, make no mistake about it. Businesses are there to make money.
  • Melizmatic Ben 2011/07/27 00:01:00
    Melizmatic
    You got it.
  • lilbitbord 2011/07/26 20:22:33
    None of the above
    lilbitbord
    +1
    They are way over priced. Gone in there a total of 2 times and was very unimpressed. I'll stick with Trader Joe's and farmers markets.
  • El Prez 2011/07/26 20:12:43
    None of the above
    El Prez
    +1
    This was a personal dispute and hasnothing to do with what people may find in the store. Just a clever way to get your point across.
  • mae 2011/07/26 19:52:20
    No
    mae
    +2
    No, I was turned off after the first--and last--visit: they are over-priced!
  • wpsark 2011/07/26 19:40:38
    No
    wpsark
    +3
    the prices and the rude, snotty, liberal employees keep me away from there..At least that's how the one in my town is..This story shows I'm not entirely wrong in my observations of it's employees...
  • Fef 2011/07/26 19:27:05
    Yes
    Fef
    +2
    I don't like supporting hypocrites.
  • Melizmatic Fef 2011/07/27 00:01:23
    Melizmatic
    +1
    *LMAO!

    That is truly funny, right there.
  • Moonage 2011/07/26 19:25:41
  • nobiggov 2011/07/26 19:16:11
    No
    nobiggov
    +3
    See why we don't need unions anymore........one disgruntled employee can get attention for basically nothing done wrong by an employer. Employers walk a fine line these days...the sweat shops of the past are gone.
  • I Wish I Were A Skywalker..... 2011/07/26 19:12:16
    No
    I Wish I Were A Skywalker... ~ In Television I Trust
    +1
    I shop at Whole Foods because I like the food, and honestly, finding out that they have to wear gloves while handing me food makes me feel that it's more sanitary and cleaner. I really don't care what they do outside of the food.
  • Mike Mc... I Wish ... 2011/07/27 03:17:51
    Mike McCullough
    Wearing gloves does no good if you sneeze, cover your mouth with your gloved hand and don't change gloves. (Seen this happen) or wear the gloves, open a tough wrapper with your teeth then hand you the product from the tooth torn package. I've seen this as well . Much cheaper to shop the farmers markets and usually as good or even better products.

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