Stripping Families Of Their Family Members’ Membership Status
In her latest tactic to keep her job, Melanie Bettenhausen has disallowed membership to one of the authors of this site. Me.
It won’t work.
Since 1973, when our family (the five of us) lived and worked on our farm, located beyond Willow Creek, we have used coop number 117 when we collectively purchased food at the Co-op. In 1975 the author grew and supplied the Coop with the largest tonnage of locally grown organic cantaloupe in a pre negotiated agreement up to that time. I, Robert Eckart, appeared in a photo article and, subsequently, was asked and joined some board or Coop committee -using our family number. #117. Most of our family members used this number for decades.
Recently, under the leadership of Melanie Bettenhausen, the Coop has unilaterally stripped families of their family membership status and only allowed two names, husband and wife, to use one membership number. What happens when Junior walks down the hill from school at lunchtime? Should he be required to pay for a number, too? How absurd.
This is a sample of Bettenhousen’s exceptional marketing? Eureka Natural Foods, Rays and Safeway solicit membership cards for free. Under the leadership of Bettenhousen and Fiske, the Coop strips you of your membership unless you purchase a unilaterally predetermined amount of food.
But don’t fret ya’ll. I will go plunk down my 25 bucks, get a new number, and stop being so dishonest. Unless, of course, they treat me like Kashoggi, in which case – look for me in the meat display case.