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Complaint about Whole Foods

My Whole Foods has desserts in the salad bar ... It's so wrong! They lure you over there for the lettuce and then the next thing you know you're eating moussee!

Wed. Apr 11, 4:52pm

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oooh this happened to me. i was all set to get brown rice sushi and some green leaf lettuce but i had to walk by the prepared foods and dessert first. i succombed then i realized what happened - i feel right into the corporate lay-out. now i know and so do you!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 4:54 PM

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no offense, but it's not the responsibility of the store to "protect" you from your own desires or lack of willpower! i'm a vegetarian, but i don't expect there to be a separate salad bar for me. if there was, the already high prices would increase even more! instead of seeing the situation as cruel and unjust corporate selling tactics, look at it as an opportunity to "exercise" your freedom of choice to eat only those foods which you consider healthy. (it's actually like that throughout most stores...think about the frozen foods section. ice cream right next to the edamame and lima beans! arrgh!)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 4:59 PM

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hm, didn't say the corporate tatics were "cruel and unjust". just noting that it IS a tatic. also both posters seemed like they slipped, realized what they'd done, and were prepareed to take "responsibility" the next time.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 5:03 PM

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i've gotten into the practice of opening my comments with "no offense" because my tone and the language i use sometimes comes across as a wagging-finger-in-the-face. i did not mean to be rude, just a bit smarmy maybe, but all with the intent of being funny while making a point. sorry if i ended up offending anyone. in real life, i'm not so hard to read.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 5:19 PM

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Well, it's not ideal to have the desserts there, but I don't think you can blame them. If you can't resist you will just have to buy the lettuce and vegetables yourself and make you own salad. That salad bar is outrageously expensive.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 5:58 PM

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its called impulse buying and all stores do it. They profit from consumer sales not consumer weightloss. If you have studied sociology at all there are terms for this sort of thing and that is why when you wait in line they have the mini isle of gum, candy, and pop. It becomes one more thing you add to your cart

Thursday, April 12, 2007, 3:24 AM

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i don't see it as some sort of diet sabotage. it is easier for those shopping with small children to not have to haul them around all over the store to get one complete, prepared meal. when mom or dad gets their salad, they pick up something for the kids' dinner and dessert. one-stop-shopping. whole foods stores in general, at least in my experience, are very consumer friendly and i think if enough shoppers complained about the salad-bar set-up, they would at least address the issue. i just think that for people who are going about their daily routine, and that being a routine that does not revolve around sticking to a diet or paying close attention to what foods to avoid, it's a non-issue. almost all grocery stores and salad bars try to fit in the most food/product in the least amount of space to allow easy access for shopping carts.

Thursday, April 12, 2007, 8:40 AM

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you can also look at it as an opportunity for someone who is "lured" by the desserts to instead choose a salad! it can be an incentive to eat more healthfully for those who are contemplating a dietary change, but who usually sabotage themselves with chocolate mousse for lunch rather than checking out other selections. with everything in one place, the options are more readily available. just another way to look at it.

Thursday, April 12, 2007, 8:42 AM

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I am the OP and some of these responses are way too condescending ... lighten up! Although I enjoyed the first response and found the the last two interesting ... I was just commenting on ths situation in a humorous way. Poster who starts wiith "no offense" ... that is akin to southerners who say "rose, bless her heart" and proceed to tear rose apart. Your tone is totally finger wagging.

Thursday, April 12, 2007, 9:54 AM

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thanks for pointing that out, again. that's why i apologized. as i wrote before, in my first apology, in real life, in person, i am not often misunderstood as my tone of voice and facial expression help communicate my message more effectively. my attempt at humor failed. i suck. what more can i write? i can't go back and edit my comment. lighten up.

Thursday, April 12, 2007, 10:11 AM

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