Whole Foods ‘Orangegate’ enrages Twitter and breaks a smartphone

Has the world gone mad?

That is the question Natalie Gordon (aka @awlilnatty) is asking after a tweet yesterday morning spawned “Orangegate” with Whole Foods Market.

Gordon posted an image of peeled oranges in plastic containers at Whole Foods and wondered why the eco-friendly company would do such a thing.

It only took Whole Foods a few hours to reply with an apology and announce they had pulled the item from shelves:

That’s when things went crazy. Next thing you know, the poor woman finds her tweet on the Today Show and in other news outlets (yes, including this one).

Somewhere along the line, her phone breaks because of the all the hoopla, and she asks (on Twitter) if Whole Foods will replace it.

Behold, the power of social media. But hey, at least the peeled and sealed oranges are gone, so all is not lost.

This isn’t the first time Whole Foods was criticized for a seemingly useless item. Their asparagus water — bottled water with asparagus stalks inside — didn’t go over so well either.

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6 comments
Grob_Hahn
Grob_Hahn

The non-organic fruit sellers should jump all over this.  Put them in truck stops and gas stations.  Fast fruit that I don't have to peel?  Why do I feel like a Roman senator?

juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

they don't call it Whole Paycheck for nothing you know

darryl hill
darryl hill

This is just something else started by another left wing tree hugger with nothing better to do.


Of course, Whole Foods crumbles like wimps and limps away.


Thank God I work for a company that will tell you to take your business somewhere else if you don't like it.

Corey
Corey

@darryl hill We all should hug a tree. Trees take what we exhale and turn it into something we need to live - oxygen. Do the right thing. Go ahead hug that big old tree. Take it a step further and give it a kiss.

mar1049
mar1049

Used to eat there from the fix your plate section or whatever they call it. All was fine until the large guy in the suit and tie on the other side of the area coughed all over the food. Not once but continued until I could see the germs raining down on the food. Have not been back since.

cammi317
cammi317

If it's recyclable plastic, I don't see the big deal.  It's actually convenient if you are eating on the run.