Whole Foods Sold Pre-Peeled Oranges In Plastic Containers And People Are Pissed

They didn’t even sell the whole food!

1. Whole Foods recently came under fire when this photo of pre-peeled oranges in plastic containers went viral on Twitter.

The oranges (which cost $5.99 a pound) were being sold on Whole Foods shelves. The photo was retweeted over 65,000 times.

The store, which prides itself on its “wise environmental practices,” banned plastic bags in 2008.

2. The result: People were pissed.

4. Not to mention a bit grossed out.

5. Whole Foods responded less than three hours after the original tweet was posted to say that they were pulling the item.

Whole Foods said it will stop selling peeled oranges for $6 a pound & will instead focus full time on making Thneeds

— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS)

The company told the Huffington Post that “a lot of our customers love the convenience of our cut produce offerings, but this was a simple case where a handful of stores experimented with a seasonal product spotlight that wasn’t fully thought through. We’re glad some customers pointed it out so we could take a closer look.”

But not everyone agreed with their decision.

7. Some Twitter users have pointed out that the peeled oranges could be useful for people with disabilities and the elderly.

.@awlilnatty While I share your concern for the environment and wish they'd found more biodegradable packing this is great for disabled ppl

— Kim Sauder (@crippledscholar)

.@itsqueenbea @awlilnatty or too arthritic. Or in too much pain. Or shaky hands... There are many reasons beyond "lazy" these are good.

— Indigo (@Skyliting)

Ableism is assuming that things like packaging, easier doors, handy tools, etc are made for lazy folk while disregarding the disabled.

— Loremaster Becks (@ArchivistBecks)

10. This isn’t the first time a Whole Foods product has left customers scratching their heads.

Last August, the company sold “asparagus water” — a bottle of water with three asparagus stalks inside — for $5.99. The item was quickly pulled after the Internet mocked it ceaselessly.

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