I traipsed into downtown Seattle’s giant new Whole Foods Market this afternoon to get a load of what I knew I’d see: the same WF I’ve become addicted to, for better or for worse, kicked up a notch by more local produce and cheese, enough pre-made dinner options to feed me something different every night for a year, a complete Japanese/Korean fast food bar with (okay) sushi, noodles, and rice bowls, and a pick-your-own-fish grill and fry bar right next to the fish counter.
Since I’ve been working hard over the past few years to overcome the urge to buy everything in sight when I enter any Whole Paycheck, I was pretty proud of myself for only walking out with a bag of produce (on sale!) and a barette.
However, I was NOT prepared to be robbed by the automatic parking stub machine after parking in their parking garage. The downtown Whole Foods experience comes with 90 minutes of free parking (if validated, how thoughtful of them) but NOT, as it turns out, 91 minutes. After going the wrong way to get out, my exit was delayed by perhaps a portion of a minute while a frantic be-neoned flagger tried to point me in the right direction, and I actually saw the clock on the exit toll booth turn from 7:02 to 7:03, resulting in a $6 charge for one minute of extra parking.
I hate Whole Foods.