When I asked my local Whole Foods what I could buy in Hawaii to keep the sushi I already had, the store’s sales rep explained that if I bought it at the grocery store, I would have to pay a $25 tax to the government for the privilege.
“If you buy it from a local store, we don’t count it as imported,” she said.
“That means we don’s count it against our sales tax.”
The $25 amount comes out of the total $1.7 million the state collects annually for selling food products in Hawaii.
In addition, when I went to Whole Foods on Friday, they told me that they would also not count food imports as taxable, and instead would simply refund me the difference in the cost of the food.
“We will not count them against our total sales tax,” a spokesperson for Whole Foods said.
The spokesperson added that if you buy sushi at the store, you will still be responsible for paying the tax.
“Whole Foods is committed to working with Hawaii’s government to ensure the highest quality seafood products, and is committed not to sell products that are less than USDA quality standards,” the spokesperson said.
As I was shopping, I overheard one of my friends talk about how he had gotten his wife to buy sushi from Whole Foods.
It sounded like a pretty good deal to me.
“That would have been like a really nice surprise for her,” he said.
But when I asked him what the deal was with the sushi that I was buying, he didn’t think much of it.
“I’ve been to Whole Fresh, I’ve seen them make sushi there,” he told me.
“It’s definitely worth a shot.”
As for the Whole Fresh deal, the spokesperson for the company told me, the tax exemption is based on how much the product is worth in Hawaii at the time.
“A good sushi can be worth $100 to $200, so if you get a good one, you can expect to pay the tax,” the representative said.
She said Whole Fresh does not collect sales tax on imported food, so the tax doesn’t apply.
But even if you are buying sushi at Whole Fresh for $1,200, that $1 million in sales tax will still mean that you will pay an additional $500 in taxes.
“So if you’re not buying it from Whole Fresh and it is a product that is actually going to be sold in Hawaii,” the store representative said, “then it is still taxable.”
For the sake of argument, let’s say you are able to afford to buy that sushi.
Now imagine you buy that $500 sushi at Costco, but that Costco is not a Whole Foods and it isn’t the kind of food you want.
Costco is a retailer that does not count as a grocery store for federal tax purposes.
You could then claim that $200 tax, and then your sales tax bill would be even higher.
I have heard from a number of people who have tried to get Whole Foods to offer refunds to them for buying sushi from the store.
A spokesperson for Costco told me in a statement that it does not tax imported food but it does count the difference between the price of the item and the price the retailer charges in Hawaii for the same item.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Atlantic about whether it had received complaints about Whole Foods offering refunds.
I have also received a few emails from people who were disappointed that Whole Foods has not offered them a refund.
In a Facebook post, one reader, Matt, wrote: I have spent about a week in Hawaii eating sushi, and I know that it is expensive, and it can be time consuming.
But the price tag is also misleading.
It is possible that Whole Food stores do not charge an inflated price for imported food.
Or that the price on sushi is actually higher than what you pay for a good sushi, at least on the regular supermarket shelves.
The post has received more than 6,000 shares and more than 9,000 likes.
One of the more frustrating aspects of eating sushi at a Whole Food store is that you can only purchase sushi at one store at a time.
As one woman from Florida explained to me: “If I go to a Whole Fresh in Florida and I want sushi, I have to go to the same store, but it is on a different day, it is only a one-day trip.
If I go back to Hawaii and I buy it, and my friends and I get together and order the same thing, it’s not going to go into my cart.
So if I go there and buy a piece of sushi and it’s still not in my cart, I can’t just pick it up at a different store.
I can only go to that store once and I can no longer get it at that store.
It’s just not fair.”
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