As many of you may know, I have a problem with Whole Foods. I’m all in favor of natural foods sold at exorbitant prices. But I have a real problem paying these prices when the workers who sell me these expensive goods are poorly compensated. At Whole Foods, staff members are paid so badly that recently one of them was fired for “stealing” a tuna sandwich out of the trash. This is in addition to the idiot libertarian CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, and his constant annoying proclamations. Most recently, he corrected an earlier statement that Obamacare was socialism by saying that it was really fascism.
(This is really aggravating to me. Because they are CEOs, people like Mackey get a lot of press when they make statements about economics. But they are almost to a man extremely ignorant. In fact, they are also usually just plain stupid. We are supposed to listen to them because they are successful in business. But anyone paying attention should have noticed by now that it doesn’t work that way. Their success in business is as much a function of luck as anything. They show with their proclamations that they would have been hopeless had they gone into any other field. But as a society, we continue to look up to these fools and there doesn’t seem to be any level of foolishness that will convince us that they aren’t worth listening to.)
As a result of all this, I have made a decision to not shop at Whole Foods. This is very difficult. Because of my lifestyle, shopping at Whole Foods is extremely convenient. It is often very hard not to dash inside to pick something up. But I’ve managed to avoid that. Almost completely. There is just that bagel exception. Occasionally, I have bought bagels there. I rationalized it because unlike everything else in the store, bagels are a decent deal. They are only 99¢ each, for a pretty good bagel. Now, it’s true that I can get a better bagel for only 89¢ at the local health food store. But I’m not near it very often, so Whole Foods has gotten some of my business on this one product.
That all changed today. I wanted a couple of bagels and I was close to Whole Foods, so I ran in. And the price is now $1.50—a full 70% more than the locally owned health food store where the bagels are better. Well, that’s it! There is no longer a bagel exception. The new price is ridiculous but beyond that, what’s with the more than 50% increase in price? Regardless, that’s a high enough price that I will either go without or go to the local health food store.
My recommendation to all of you is to avoid Whole Foods if at all possible. And definitely stay away from the bagels.