Calif. Charges Whole Foods $800K —for Overcharging
Surprise, surprise: Grocer actually was too expensive
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2014 12:17 PM CDT
In this Monday, July 29, 2013, file photo, produce is placed on Whole Foods paper bag in Andover, Mass.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
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(Newser) – For those who have griped about Whole Foods' prices for years, California has confirmed what you've long bemoaned: The Golden State and the high-end grocer have reached an $800,000 deal to settle allegations that the latter overcharged customers. Investigators determined that Whole Foods charged for the weight of containers used in self-serve bars, overstated the actual weight of packaged food, and violated state law by selling prepared and deli food by the piece instead of by weight.

The settlement is a "slap-on-the-wrist $800,000 penalty," notes the Consumerist, though it does mandate state-provided inspectors and audits to make sure Whole Foods sticks to the straight and narrow from here on out. Interestingly, Whole Foods admitted no wrongdoing under the agreement.