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)

(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.

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VladT
Jun 26, 2014 9:04 AM CDT
Legitimate question... What is illegal about what they did? (This is not asking in defense of whole foods, but about me genuinely not understanding) Can a company not believe its product to be higher quality, and then charge more? Or is it simply as something as "crooked" scales? I considerable myself somewhat intelligent, but this one I can't quite grasp
tpvero
Jun 26, 2014 3:25 AM CDT
Whole Foods is just doing what we will all face soon enough, supermarkets holding food for ransom not selling it. Why should any of us have to pay through the nose for 'clean' food. Less chemicals should mean less cost, which should mean lower prices to the consumer. Instead you must pay a ransom not to drop dead from food loaded with chemicals, and then they cheat you on top of that! Boycott them for a while. That's the only language they will understand.
MisterPlinkett
Jun 26, 2014 1:11 AM CDT
And if anyone knows anything about overcharging, it's the government of California.