Amid the recession and the cold winter months, Cynthia Magnus made a shocking discovery at the H&M in Manhattan's Herald Square. It wasn't a sale on
the season's hottest trends--it was garbage bags upon garbage bags of unsold merchandise, most of it slashed with razors to ensure that no one would
ever wear or sell it, the New York Times reports.
"Gloves with the fingers cut off," Ms. Magnus said, reciting the inventory of ruined items. "Warm socks. Cute patent leather Mary Jane school
shoes, maybe for fourth graders, with the instep cut up with a scissor. Men's jackets, slashed across the body and the arms. The puffy fiber fill was
coming out in big white cotton balls." The jackets were tagged $59, $79 and $129.
And right around the corner from this particular H&M is a popular collection point for New York Cares' coat drive. The organization's spokeswoman
Colleen Farrell told the Times, "We'd be glad to take unworn coats, and companies often send them to us."
While H&M's destroy-and-discard policy is a missed opportunity in this time of need, the fast fashion retailer isn't the only one to practice these
extreme measures. Magnus also found bags full of clothes priced with Wal-Mart tags, and each item had a hole punched through it.
Melissa Hill, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart told the Times that the company typically donates its unsold pieces to charity and would investigate why
those bags was discarded.
This is not to explicitly rag on WalMart on my part but to show the arrogant corp. attitude prevalent in America.
Does this make sense to destroy clothes during a time when people are financially hurting, coldest winter on record in some states and the homeless
population growing daily? I think it's time for companies to contribute to the tough economic times. Fast food restaurants should not throw uneaten
food in the dumpster but donate it to a distribution point to those in need. Farmers and dairymen should not destroy food to keep the price up.
There is an abundance of "stuff" in this country being destroyed in the quest for increased profit.
IMO it's criminal for repoed houses be boarded up to keep people out by the banks while people sleep in tents and cardboard boxes under bridges, and
homeless shelters. And there are those here that will applaud such injustice. America has lost her way!
[edit on 7-1-2010 by whaaa]