Whole Foods Worker Quits via Legendary Letter
Former employee none too happy with grocery chain
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2011 3:13 PM CDT
Updated Jul 30, 2011 7:09 AM CDT
A sign is posted in front of a Whole Foods store February 17, 2010 in San Rafael, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Resigning by sending an "eviscerating" letter to one's entire company: Not a method Emily Post would approve of, but one gladly scooped up by Gawker—especially since said company is none other than Whole Foods. In a resignation letter that Seth Abramovitch calls "epic," the Toronto employee (name redacted) takes shots at the grocery store and its Earth- and health-conscious image. Abramovitch does point out that said angry employee isn't squeaky clean himself (he faults the company for caring that he was 20 minutes late, for instance, and attacks co-workers by name).

But it certainly contains plenty of comical and revealing tidbits. Highlights:

  • "Oh, you sometimes intentionally order too much just to guarantee a full shelf, knowing full well the product will most likely be thrown out?"
  • "Oh, you don't actually audit or evaluate each product you sell?"
  • "Oh, you push employees into greater responsibilities without compensation? Often having them essentially do all the work of a higher position without the pay?"
  • "Every second endcap is potato chips or pop or some sort of salt filled snack (Promoting the health of our stakeholders through healthy eating education)."
  • "A lot of the stuff in Whole Body doesn't even work or has absolutely no credible evidence to back any claims up."
  • "The pizza used to be pretty good but the slices have shrunk, the toppings are sparser and it's usually extremely overcooked."
  • "You're kind a faux hippy Wal-Mart now. Great. Job."
Click to read the entire thing.

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Jul 30, 2011 5:10 PM CDT
How ridiculous..........what a pack of hot air - but of course a public traded corporation like Whole Foods lets people on thre floor in on all executive level decisions..........hmmmmmmmmmm! Take the comment about products in the Whole Body Section - has this person bothered to read the FDA Disclaimer on every supplement product in the store. Would it be safe to assume that the vitamins they sell are safe and effective. What an absolute idiot and just goes to show you that Whole Foods and John Mackey have a huge PR problem in their operation - why did such a ridiculous letter get this much play? or did it - Gawker and Newser - was this really news - or some snitched letter to embarass Whole Foods?
Jul 30, 2011 11:51 AM CDT
"faux hippy Wal-Mart", nothing more need be said really.
Jul 26, 2011 2:57 AM CDT
I read the letter. Anyone who takes this much time, space, and vitriol to write a resignation letter frankly has a chip on their shoulder a mile wide, and would be an unhappy, bad employee at any place where he might possibly find work.