Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Whole Foods employee quits in 2,343-word resignation e-mail: ‘You’re a faux hippy Wal-Mart’


This worker won’t need to ever worry about bagging produce at Whole Foods again. (LYNNE SLADKY/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
People have left their jobs in some pretty incredible ways over the years. Air steward Steven Salter quit Jet Blue by launching into a tirade and then sliding down the plane’s emergency chute, beer in hand. The character Joanna in the movie “Office Space” quits her job at a chain restaurant by refusing to wear mandatory pieces of “flair” and giving her boss that special finger.

Now, an employee of Whole Foods Market has sent a 2,343-word letter of resignation, in which he calls the store a “faux hippy Wal-Mart,” among other choice insults, Gawker reported Sunday.

The e-mail went out to every employee in the company and has now spread its tendrils throughout the Internet.

 

The disgruntled employee’s biggest issues with Whole Foods include accusations that the firm mistreats and underpays employees, allows customers to abuse staff, and doesn’t live up to its corporate ideas.

When the employee was hired more than five years ago years ago, “I appreciated and respected what the company said it's philosophies were at that time ... However, it didn't take long to realize what complete and utter [expletive] they are.”

The disgruntled employee also takes the time to rib specific employees, writing to one former colleauge about their usage of pet names for women: “Stop calling them 'mamma' don't refer to them as 'beautiful' ... for christs sake, just keep all pet names off the table ... You are NOT complimenting women, you are being open about not knowing their names, and lazy enough to not read a name-tag.”

The letter ends with advice for the employees he has left behind, telling them to “call in sick if you need to” and “relax.”

A Whole Foods spokesperson responded to the e-mail by saying, “We disagree with the former team member’s statements and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

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