A few days ago Gothamist ran a story about Capogiro gelato. The gelato sounds delicious but at $9.99 a pint I doubt I'll be buying any anytime soon. I ducked into the Whole Foods store in the Time Warner mall this afternoon to escape the heat. Whole Foods sells the Capogiro products and I saw that they are having a tasting next Thursday. I can try it for free!
I didn't have paper and pencil with me so I took this photo to remember the date. As I did so, a Whole Foods employee ran over to me saying "No pictures! No pictures in the store!". That's his blurry hand on the left. He said the store has a strict no photo policy and "they" might have to throw me out of the store. I asked why. Because it is store policy I was told. Are they worried about undercover agents from Citarella, or that lactose-intolerant extremists might be casing the joint? How does this policy fit in with Whole Foods' core values?
Anyone want to join me at Columbus Circle on Thursday for a taste extremely expensive gelato and sorbetto?
Addendum: I'm well-aware that Whole Foods and the Time-Warner mall are private property and that they can set the rules for visitor behavior. However, if they are going to have restrictive rules maybe it would be a good idea to train their staff on how to properly respond when a customer unknowingly violates one of their non-posted rules. You know, maybe say "Excuse me, sir, store policy does not allow photography." instead of treating the customer like a criminal.