Whole Foods Employee Gives It His All in 'I Quit' E-Mail

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When it comes to quitting a job, some workers go out with a bang, while others barely manage a whimper. Then there are those who feel the need to be cathartic, unleashing all of their frustrations in a well-detailed diatribe.

It's that last route that an apparently long-suffering employee of Whole Foods Market in Toronto took, awkwardly describing his experience in an email as "an increasingly sped up fall down a really long hill. That got increasingly rockier with every meter."

And he was just getting started. As the Gothamist website notes, the former employee's more-than-2,000-word resignation letter details a litany of problems and hypocrisies at the store -- not exactly the most flattering portrayal of the Austin, Texas-based company, thought of by some consumers as the "greenest" of U.S. grocery chains.

The worker noted, for example, that the company doesn't recycle properly and throws out enough food "to feed a lot of hungry university students."

Those, he says, are at odds with the company's core values, including "caring about our communities and our environment."

Some additional insights about his employer include:

  • You force team members to come in to work, on their day off, once a month, at 7 in the morning, knowing a lot of them live an hour away and the TTC isn't completely running that early in the morning and then force feed them useless updates on the company and embarrassingly artificial pep talks.
  • You buy poorly made, ugly t-shirts for your employees that will just be thrown in the trash and pretend they're gifts when they're really just advertising tools?
  • You practice discrimination by offering "healthier" employees better discounts? And you think having different rules for new smoker employees versus old smoker employees is a good idea?
  • You want us to politely call and let you know if we'll be late ... but you'll still write us up when we arrive?

The employee, whose name isn't divulged in the copy of the letter posted on Gothamist but worked at the company for "five or six years," didn't save all his venom for the company alone.

He reserved a few choice comments for his former co-workers as well.

You can read those and more from his take-this-job-and-shove-it email here: Whole Foods Employee's Resignation E-Mail Takes No Prisoners


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