Whole Foods’ John Mackey Finds a New Way to Antagonize Customers


No sooner had John Mackey’s stance on health care start to slither out of the collective conscience then he discovered a new way to piss people off: give higher discounts to Whole Foods’ skinny employees.

The Daily News reports that as part of its new health care initiative designed to cut its health care costs, the store is offering a 30 percent to employees who don’t smoke and have low cholesterol, blood pressure, and body mass index (BMI).

Workers who sign up for the voluntary plan will receive free health screenings and be herded into four categories: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. The platinums will get the 30 percent discount, while gold earns 27 percent, silver nets 25 percent, and bronze gets a mere 22 percent. All employees, regardless of girth, will continue to get their regular 20 percent discount.

Unsurprisingly, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is not amused. Nor are the shoppers and employees interviewed by the Daily News. The only person who seems to think this is actually a good idea is Mackey, he of the vegan, sugar- and vegetable oil-free diet; to him, this is a “win-win situation.”


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