Horror At Whole Foods

From 5-5-16 episode of The Rob Zicari Show LIVE 10-1pm M-F

I have a public safety message. I know we usually discuss politics, but I want to warn my readers about a grave potential health threat. I care about my readers and listeners and don’t want them to get sick or die.

For years, my girlfriend has warned against eating food at supermarket buffets. When we would go into a Ralph’s or a Publix or a Wegman’s, I would see these massive salad bars that were like buffets and they would also serve hot food. I would say to Katherine, “This is great. We don’t have to cook tonight.” She would look repulsed and say, “Ughh… are you kidding me? Do you know how many people mess with this stuff? I’ve seen bums sticking their hands in the food.”

I couldn’t believe all of them were that way. One day we went to Gelson’s, which is a notch or two above Ralph’s. Most of them are in good neighborhoods, so there aren’t as many homeless people trudging around and touching things. Gelson’s has a fabulous hot food buffet. As I’m ogling the sumptuous fare, I notice a woman carrying a Louis Vuitton bag. She was picking olives from the food bar with her bare hands and snacking on them. I went to Katherine who was at the deli counter and said, “Look at that woman!” 

“Is she picking food from the salad bar?


“I told you. Supermarket buffets are disgusting!”

This may have been a rich lady in an upscale market, but who knows where her hands were before she dug them into the olives? She could have been picking her nose or scratching her ass, and here she is grabbing olive after olive and popping them in her mouth. Revolting.

Whole Foods Market

We recently moved to Glendale. There is a Whole Foods market near our place. Now I had never patronized a Whole Foods before, even though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years. So I went to Whole Foods. When I saw their food bar, I was amazed. I went home and told Katherine. I said, “Forget about Ralph’s and Gelson’s. The buffet at Whole Foods…”

“What did I tell you about supermarket salad bars?”

“Honey, you don’t understand. This is Whole Foods. They have security guards. There’s no way a bum is going to…”

“What about the lady with the Louis Vuitton bag?”

“But there’s etiquette at Whole Foods. There are no shenanigans going on. You’re wrong. You are fear mongering.” I had to get liberal on her. “It’s fear mongering. It’s wrong.”

“I don’t care. Whether it’s Ralph’s or Gelson’s or Whole Foods with security guards, supermarket buffets are nasty.”


On Thursday, Katherine brings a story to my attention. She brought it to my attention with a defiant smirk on her face that said, “I told you so. Read this, you squishy liberal.”

From Business Insider:

The FBI has arrested a man accused of trying to contaminate food at a Whole Foods in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The man, whose name has not been released, sprayed a liquid mixture of hand cleaner, water, and Tomcat mouse poison onto produce and prepared-food bars at Whole Foods and two other area grocery stores, Meijer and Plum Market, according to the FBI.

“The suspect stated that he sprayed produce in these stores within the last two weeks,” the FBI said in a statement.

Authorities noted that the suspect has visited several other grocery stores in the past couple of months — including including Walmart, Target, and Kroger stores — and they are trying to determine whether the produce at those stores was contaminated.

“Investigators are currently coordinating with state of Michigan and Washtenaw County Health Officials to determine the extent of any contamination and the threat to the public,” the FBI said.

The FBI was alerted to the suspect’s activities after a Whole Foods employee witnessed him pouring a liquid onto items at the prepared-food bars.

Whole Foods shut down its food bars afterward.

The store said in a statement:

Out of an abundance of caution, all salad and hot food bars were immediately closed down at the store, all food was thrown out and the store team thoroughly cleaned and sanitized all food stations, equipment and serving utensils before restocking with fresh items. All surrounding Michigan store locations have been notified of the incident.

Authorities tracked down the suspect after asking for the public’s help in identifying him.


Below is a list of the other stores that may have been targeted, based on the FBI’s investigation. Michigan authorities are encouraging consumers to throw away any produce or prepared foods purchased at the stores.

• Busch’s, 2240 S Main Street, Ann Arbor

• Cupcake Station, 116 E Liberty, Ann Arbor

• Family Fare, 2026 North Saginaw, Midland

• Kroger, 3838 Richfield Road, Flint

• Meijer, #108, 7300 Eastman Ave, Midland

• Meijer, #64, 3145 Ann Arbor-Saline, Ann Arbor

• Meijer, #213, 9515 Birch Run Rd, Birch Run

• Millers Mini Mart, 3001 Bay City Rd, Midland, MI

• Plum Market, 375 North Maple, Ann Arbor

• Target, 2000 Waters Road, Ann Arbor

• Thai Grocery, 3115 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor

• Walmart, 910 Joe Mann Blvd, Midland

• Walmart, 7000 E Michigan Ave, Saline

• Whole Foods, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor

“Out of an abundance of caution and to protect public health and food safety, I encourage consumers to dispose of any foods purchased from salad bars, olive bars and ready-to-eat hot and cold food areas from these stores between mid-March and the end of April,” said Jamie Clover Adams, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

There you go. You cannot make this stuff up. A man was going around poisoning the salad bars at Whole Foods and all over Ann Arbor, Michigan. He even poisoned a Kroger in Flint. Like they don’t already have enough poisoning problems. The FBI arrested the guy, but how many people ate rat poison before he was caught?


My girl was dead-on correct. She wasn’t fear mongering. She was right on all counts, from the bum in the Ralph’s to the olive-gobbling Louis Vuitton lady at Gelson’s to the rat-poisoning scumbag at the  Ann Arbor Whole Foods.

Let this be a lesson. Stay away from the hot food salad bars in supermarkets, because you might die.

This has been a public service announcement from The Rob Zicari Show.

We care.


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