Whole Foods, the Austin based corporation that fuels health nuts and hipsters alike, was caught overcharging consumers in California.
Whole Foods Market is paying $800,000 in penalties after an investigation found the supermarket chain overcharged customers throughout California.
Problems included failing to deduct the weight of containers when ringing up fresh food, putting smaller amounts into packages than the weight stated on the label, and selling items by the piece instead of by the pound, as required by law, the statement said.
Santa Monica Deputy City Atty. Adam Radinsky said that shoppers have a right to transparent pricing.
‘By adding the weight of containers and packaging, especially on higher-priced, per-pound items like seafood and meats and even prepared food, the extra charges can add up fast, and yet be hidden from consumers,’ he said in the statement.
Whole Foods responded with:
‘Based on a review of our own records and a sampling of inspection reports …. our pricing on weighed and measured items was accurate 98% of the time,’ the company said in a Tuesday statement. ‘We will continue to refine and implement additional processes to minimize such errors going forward.’
In addition to the fine, Whole Foods will be faced with periodic audits and must “appoint employees to oversee pricing accuracy statewide and also within each store in California.”
Seems like a slap on the wrist for a company that promotes the moralistic well-being of its customers and planet. According to their mission statement:
Our motto—Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet — emphasizes that our vision reaches beyond food retailing. In fact, our deepest purpose as an organization is helping support the health, well-being, and healing of both people — customers, Team Members, and business organizations in general — and the planet.
Latest posts by Marcie Gainer (see all)
- Man beset by bedbugs sets apartment ablaze - Jan 12, 2016
- Watch the trailer for Werner Herzog’s new documentary - Jan 10, 2016
- John Waters Behind the Scenes of Cry Baby - Jan 6, 2016