Yeah box -- the enture issue of Whole Foods is pretty complicated and though interesting, it's probably best not to post it unless you're in the mood to do the research. That CEO is a bit of a wingnut. Whole Foods is just a fascinating study - I've been following it for many years, since a few family members have worked for the organization since its early days (and attended many a Tribal Gathering). It's quite the juggernaut. It doesn't surprise me that Mackey would do such a thing, after watching him get into it with Michael Pollan.
I remember living in Austin when Whole Foods was local and just starting to make a move to eradicate the other whole food store in town. And the HEB built the TajM'heebie. In fact, my Texas friends and I were *just* talking about that. Wow, but the Whole Foods by me was a nasty trashy little store and in Austin, it wasn't hard to get cheap really good produce everywhere (unlike here). We used to go there almost exclusively for the ginseng soda and some chocolate candy, which was one of the few caloried-foods we could get my anorectic to consumer.
I thought this story was both interesting and uninteresting. Interesting because of how it relates to that whole "on the internet, no-one knows you're a dog" thing and uninteresting because, please, yes, if people thing no-one will ever know they said, they will spread bad gossip in hopes of making themselves/their projects/their net worth look/be better.
Embarrassing for a CEO to show up this way, though it seems like he has skirted doing anything actually illegal as far as the board goes. At the very least, it seems like he had "too much time on his hands". :)
Central Market was . . . a trip, shall we say. You know, with that layout that meant you could only take one route through the *entire* store and if you had to turn around and go back, well, you couldn't. And there you'd be, in the beer, trying to find Shandy Carib under all that other stuff and realizing you'd have to make do with tequila-filled watermelon, but it was *not physically possible* to get back to the watermelon. And someone would have to leave (carefully avoiding the smoked cheese pig case) and come back and try to catch up to you quickly, without being distracted in the coffee-sniffing aisle. . .Ah yes, who didn't love Central Market?