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Wild Oats Strikes Again

Wild Oats squeezes yet another great employee out for its own corporate greed.
I worked with this lady, she was great! She was funny and kind and had worked at Wild Oats for 10 years! 10 years, I can't even live in one place for that long. Needless to say they fired her. The reasoning vague, and no prior warning had been issued. They let her go and had no hard feelings?! I think it had more to do with the fact that she never completely bought into the corporate crap and challenged them constantly on treatment of employees. She stood up for me and saved me my job, when I probably should have been fired. Yet they let her go without even a warning. Just, "you made a mistake and now you're gone". Something to that effect. I think they enjoy getting rid of the people that have had a long time to earn the biggest wage, get the largest discount, and soak up the most benefits. She has a kid and I am sure she made a lot of money, well more than they pay us grunts anyway. The reason I am writing this is because it is not the first time nor will it be the last, that your neighborhood health food store has reared its ugly corporate head and completely masacrated and spit out one of its most respected, and time honored employees. I know there is more to the story, something to do with accepting gifts from customers, but then again isn't retail about making the customer happy? If a customer wants to help an employee out and give them a coupon the customer themselves won't use, would it be bad to make the customer happy, accept the coupon and say thank you very much? Is this a reason to get rid of one the best employees we had? I don't know anymore. I do know that I represent a lot of angry employees that are confused, and scared. This coupon giving thing is rampant in our store. Everyone shares, accepts, and uses these coupons and nothing has ever been done or said until now. Now this lady is jobless. For what? Two words, two words I hope will echo in everyone's minds as they shop the aisles at your neighborhood Wild Oats, two words: CORPORATE GREED!
This is the state of our neighborhood grocery store, it is the state of our economy, and the state of our government. Stop the insanity..stop the corporations from taking everything good and true. This is America, not America Inc. I just want to say one more thing, to that lady, I'll call her Jill. Jill, good luck to you and I know something great will happen for you, it's karma. Thank you for pulling for me, this is the least I could do for you. PEACE.
Great reason not to go 23.Oct.2004 16:26


They've gotten so sucky anyway. I miss Nature's. Sorry to hear about the firing.

more? 24.Oct.2004 11:14


More information would be helpful please.

i must say 24.Oct.2004 15:10


this disgusts me, if it has any truth to it. all these "health food" stores should get their heads outta their rear ends.

new seasons opens a market 1/2 mile from wild oats on division out of pure revenge, thus ensuring a glut of this service and a long protracted pathetic fight between them and wild oats. instead they could have opened the store in a neighborhood lacking this kind of place. but no, revenge at all costs.

new seasons or wild oats will not be getting my money any more.