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Whole Foods Haters Use Flash Mob Tactic

Group promises there is more where this came from



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    Protesters use a flash-mob like technique to protest the CEO of Whole Foods

    Whole Foods may seem like an unlikely target of liberals, but it is one of the current cause-celebs round these parts.

    Ever since the grocery store's CEO wrote a Wall Street Journal editorial that opposed President Barack Obama's health care reform bill, they have tried everything to get back at one John Mackey.

    If you've been to a Whole Foods lately you can attest to the fact that the call for a boycott isn't working.  The parking lots remain packed and the lines are still long.

    This weekend in Oakland people who believe health care is a right tried a new and quite entertaining tactic that used a "flash mob-like" feature.

    Whole Foods Get Flash Mobbed

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    Grocery shoppers in Oakland were treated to a flash mob protest against Whole Foods.
    (Published Monday, Sept. 28, 2009)

    Protesters picked a store in Oakland, a song and a group of clumsy singer/dancers to pull it off.

    They walked in the store separately, band members and all, and spread out amongst the aisles.

    After pretending to shop for a few minutes, the mob made their way to the one spot in the store that had room for a dancing number.  They all gathered right there in front of the refrigerated guac and salsa, singing their hearts out to the tune of Tony Basil's "Hey Mickey."  They changed the lyrics to "Hey Mackey."

    A bewildered security guard had only his cell phone to fight against the intrusion.  After quickly dialing, the poor guy just had to take it. The group got off not one, but two reditions of their protest song before going outside for more singing on the sidewalk.

    "We believe that every human being has a right to health care, and most Americans agree. But conservatives have dominated this debate because they're willing to be loud. So it's time for us to make some noise of our own, and stand up for health care that we can afford even if we're not CEOs like Mackey," Sarah Norr said.

    They said they were inspired by their conservative counterparts who have been dramatizing the health care debate.

    No one was arrested and organizers say they will do it again.  They just won't say where or when.