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Will Whole Foods Join Walmart in Overcharging its Customers?

By Peggy Hunt

On July 3, 2013 after sampling my daughter’s smoked beef brisket from Whole Foods Market, located at 650 Town Center Drive in Oxnard, I rushed out to purchase a pound of the most savory brisket I have ever tasted. It practically melted in my mouth. It was so fresh and well-seasoned.

I returned back to work and my daughter checked my receipt. She informed me that I had been charged $14.99 twice for the pound of brisket I purchased.

I called the store and was instructed by Steve to write his name on the receipt and the next time that I came into the store he would take care of it.

It reminded me of when Walmart had been fined $2.1 million in 2010 for not complying with court orders aimed at ensuring price accuracy.

I did a search on the internet and discovered CHOW, a blog site with numerous postings about Whole Foods Market. One blogger ‘farfudge’ wrote:

“Whole Foods consistently overcharges.
Every week I have gone to Whole Foods, they have always over-charged me on items. For instance:

  1. I bought some Nutritional Yeast at their bulk bin. The price said $5.99 a pound, but when the cashier rang it up, it was $7.99 a pound.
  2. Soy milk was listed as $1.29, the cashier rang it up as $1.49.
  3. I picked up a fennel bulb and the cashier charged me for dandelion greens (which, of course, was more expensive).

There’s a lot more, but you get the message.”

Check your receipts!

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