Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Whole Foods Gestapo

Neal Boortz reports that my local Whole Foods Market is doing its best, "strive not to offend lest ye be offended," Euro-wimp impression:

Good afternoon everyone.

I need everyone's cooperation on an important issue that has come to my attention here at the regional office.

Recently, on numerous occasions, I have found copies/printouts of articles such as: Today's Nuze, The Hill, and Townhall.com in either the TM break room or the restrooms. This is not acceptable and cannot continue.

We have to ensure that this is a pleasant and welcoming working environment for all of our TMs and visitors. As you all know, on any given day, the regional office has a variety of different visitors (vendors, TMs from other stores/regions, central TMs, candidates for interviews, etc.). We need to make all of our visitors and TMs feel welcome here.

If you have any questions, please refer to the "Solicitation and Distribution Policy" and "Offensive Material" on page 55-60 of our GIG (General Information Guideline).

Thank you for your cooperation.

Vanessa Hall
Team Member Services Director
Whole Foods Market - South Region
1180 Upper Hembree Road
Roswell, Ga. 30076

What a shame. And to think that Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey, proclaims himself to be (and is, in fact), an “ardent libertarian” of the “Misean” persuasion. Well, here is your chance John – show us (and, more importantly, your employees) what it means to embrace freedom and the Misean marketplace. If The Nuze, The Hill, and Townhall are “offensive,” as your ever-so enlightened Team Member Services Director suggests, then the market will quash them as such. Show us that you have a pair, John.