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Sammy Nickalls
March 04, 2016 12:56 pm

If there’s anything social media has taught us, it’s that there can be a controversy made over pretty much anything. And now, the Twittersphere is arguing over citrus.

Yesterday, Twitter user Nathalie Gordon tweeted a picture of peeled oranges in plastic containers at a Whole Foods. “If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn’t need to waste so much plastic on them,” she tweeted.

LOL, but also, a solid point. What’s next? Peeled bananas in styrofoam? Mashed-up avocados in containers? (Oh, wait, that’s guacamole. But still.) And many seemed to agree with Gordon’s tongue-in-cheek assertion, because it’s been retweeted over 60,000 times. Whole Foods responded quickly to the viral debacle, tweeting that the oranges are “our mistake” and that they’ve been pulled from the shelves. “We hear you, and we will leave them in their natural packaging: the peel,” they tweeted.

“[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,” a Whole Foods spokesperson told Huffington Post. “We’re glad some customers pointed it out so we could take a closer look.”

However, various people then pushed back, expressing their views that Whole Foods should actually keep the peeled oranges, for mobility reasons or painful conditions such as arthritis:

What do you think? Should Whole Foods keep the oranges on the shelf, or were they right in pulling them?

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