A kiss-off letter from a disgruntled former Yorkville Whole Foods buyer makes it to Gawker; Internet explodes

A kiss-off letter from a disgruntled former Yorkville Whole Foods buyer makes it to Gawker; Internet explodes

Is the cat out of the bag for Whole Foods? (Image: Alisha Vargas)

A disgruntled former employee of the Whole Foods Market in Yorkville has become an Internet sensation after an incredibly long and pissy letter penned to his employers made its way to Gawker. The author, a former bulk foods buyer for the high-end grocery chain, sent his resignation out late on a Friday night (after more than a couple of brews, we presume), and the letter is peppered with funny one-liners, Star Trek references, self-aggrandizement and jabs at his co-workers and Nickleback. But beneath the petty barbs typical of any unhappy employee, there’s actually a fairly scathing indictment of Whole Foods and their sometimes-hypocritical (alleged!) practices. Some highlights, after the jump:

The sandwiches are the stuff of nightmares. (It’s amazing what advertising can make people think. It can even trick their senses.)”
You don’t say.

Ten to 20 per cent of bulk foods end up in the garbage because Whole Foods wants their bulk bins brimming with product and over-orders.
That’s a bad habit for food retailers to get into, but considering the alternative, it’s not surprising that it’s not uncommon.

“Every second end-cap is potato chips or pop or some sort of salt-filled snack.”
Well, they still have to make a profit, don’t they? Healthy treats can only get you so far.

The corporate side wastes an incredible amount of “energy, ink and paper…for useless bureaucratic nonsense.”
Let us know when you find an office that doesn’t.

“Oh, you let some customers abuse your employees and then actually reward the customers for their behaviour and then trample on the integrity and honour of your abused employees?”
Sounds like every retail job we’ve ever had.

“Oh, you don’t actually audit or evaluate each product you sell?”
If this is true of a company built on providing “the highest-quality natural and organic products available,” then it’s actually kind of a big deal.

The letter was clearly written out of rage, so we sort of expected most of its “findings” to reflect that. But as it turns out, an anonymous co-worker confirmed to the Toronto Star that not only was the letter the result of two weeks of edits and rewrites, but it’s actually fairly accurate—if perhaps a little hot-headed. And Gawker has since received more than 100 anecdotes from Whole Foods employees, the vast majority of which it says sided with the quitter.

Whole Foods, for its part, seems to be taking the bad publicity surprisingly well. A spokesperson told the Star: “We disagree with this former team member’s statements, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Read a disgruntled Whole Foods employee’s epic resignation letter [Gawker]
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Fed-up Whole Foods employee’s resignation letter goes viral [The Star]