Oakland Whole Foods Closes after Vandalism

By Bay City News
Wednesday November 02, 2011 - 01:14:00 PM

Whole Foods in Oakland is shutting down for the day after windows were smashed and paint was thrown on the storefront during protests related to the Occupy Oakland's general strike today, a Whole Foods spokeswoman said. 

The word "strike" was painted in large letters across the front windows of the store, located at 230 Bay Place off of Grand Avenue, shortly before 3 p.m. today, an employee at a 7-Eleven across the street said. 

Rumors had spread on Facebook and Twitter earlier today that Whole Foods employees would be penalized for participating in today's protests. 

"That's totally false," Whole Foods spokeswoman Jennifer Marples said. "Team members were totally supported in going, and were not going to lose their job if they supported the Occupy Oakland protests."  

"All the team members were spoken to and everyone was supported and no one was going to lose their jobs as a result," Marples said. 

She said no one was hurt during the vandalism, which occurred during one of many marches through the streets of Oakland today.