Whole Foods drops security firm after Oakland store attack

File photo of a Whole Foods entrance.

OAKLAND (KRON) — Whole Foods Market says it has cut ties entirely with the security firm that had been patrolling an Oakland store where a security guard allegedly beat a customer unconscious.

Company spokeswoman Beth Krauss says the store’s new security firm will be Concord-based A.G.S. Private Security.

Admiral Security Services, Inc., also based in Concord, had been providing security to the store near Lake Merritt until Saturday.

Oakland Police are investigating the alleged assault, which occurred Thursday inside the Oakland store.

A witness told the Tribune that she watched a verbal dispute between a cashier and the customer turn violent when the security guard arrived.

The witness says the guard slammed the shopper against a concrete pillar outside the store and placed him in a chokehold until he passed out.

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