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Maggie Gyllenhaal Vents at Whole Foods Over Broken Electric Car Charger

By Leslie Albrecht | April 24, 2017 3:06pm | Updated on April 24, 2017 4:44pm
 Park Slope residents and actors Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal at a September 2016 premiere for
Park Slope residents and actors Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal at a September 2016 premiere for "The Magnificent Seven." Gyllenhaal recently tweeted at Whole Foods asking about a broken electric car charger at the Gowanus store.
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If you thought the new unicorn horn store opening soon on Flatbush Avenue was "peak Park Slope," guess again.

A social media post by a frustrated local mom may now be the holder of that title.

Actress and longtime Park Slope resident Maggie Gyllenhaal tweeted at high-end grocer Whole Foods earlier this month after discovering, once again, that the electric car charging station outside the store's Gowanus location was broken.

Whole Foods responded the next day to Gyllenhaal, apologizing for the problem and asking where exactly she had encountered the broken charger.

Gyllenhaal, whose recent tweets have mostly been critiques of President Donald Trump, replied Monday that she took the photo at the Gowanus Whole Foods on Third Avenue and Third Street.

(And in a "stars, they're just like us" moment perfectly tailored to her home neighborhood, Gyllenhaal confessed on Twitter recently that she's a scofflaw who's been on probation at Park Slope Food Co-op "for years.")

Gyllenhaal and her husband, Peter Sarsgaard, are longtime locals and proud lefties like many of their neighbors. Gyllenhaal told People magazine in 2014 that she was borrowing her mom's 10-year-old Prius "which my husband is psyched about because he is very committed to environmentalism." Gyllenhaal told People then that the couple planned to buy an electric car when a new model was available.

Gyllenhaal's tweeted request may have gotten results. An employee who answered the phone at the Gowanus Whole Foods on Monday said all the chargers were working to the best of her knowledge. A spokesman for Whole Foods did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

The Gowanus Whole Foods, which was built on formerly contaminated land next to a Superfund site, is stocked with eco-friendly features including solar and wind power and a rooftop farm that grows pesticide-free produce.

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