How can these big stores be so uncaring?

United States
January 8, 2010 4:33pm CST
Ok, so I just read an article about a Wal-Mart in New York that takes all of their unsold clothes and not only bags them up and throws them in the trash instead of donating them to people who are in need, but the also take those same clothes and destroy them before they throw them away so that no one can get them out of the trash. I'm sure they know how many poor people there are in that area. And it isn't just that store. I know that our local Wal-Marts do the same thing. I would say that they are probably doing the same thing all over the country. The one here throws away all of their returned clothes, also (not just the clothes that don't sell). I, for one, am horrified that this is happening. There are so many people out there who need those clothes and coats. It is 18 degrees outside at the moment. I can't believe that they would rather cut up a coat and throw it away than give it to a child who is cold. I think that I am going to stop shopping there, and give my money to some of the smaller locally-owned stores that actually care about the community.
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@smileonstar (4014)
• United States
8 Jan 10
really? so Wal-Mart do this all the time? I never know about this at all. If so, why dont they sell cheap price to some where else instead of throw them away, and plus they can donate to homeless people. Wal Mart pay cheap to china and now they throw away? wow, can't believe it
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• United States
8 Jan 10
I know. I couldn't believe it either. There are so many people in the world that need those things.
@Bethany1202 (3434)
• United States
8 Jan 10
That IS very sad. It' snot like they would be losing any money to donate it since they are throwing it away anyway! Unbelieveable. : (
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• United States
8 Jan 10
Exactly. I just don't understand. A large portion of our community works there, and they still don't care. I go up to Petsmart all the time and get bags and bags of high quality dog food that they are going to throw away. It's either food that people have returned (they will take back food if someone's dog won't eat it) or bags that have ripped and they cannot sell. Anyway, I pick up these bags and deliver them to different animal shelters in the area. I think that is wonderful. I work at Old Navy. We don't usually have any clothes that don't sell, but we hold small fundraisers. Like, right before Christmas, we held a coat drive where if you donated a coat (it didn't have to be new), then you got a percentage off of your shopping. And we are always having bake sales. The employees get together and make things, and then we set up a table at the front entrance. All of the money goes to one charity or another. Why can't more businesses be like that?
@shell2784 (752)
• United States
11 Jan 10
WOW! I did not know that! Hell, I'LL give them $0.05 for each item of clothing that they're going to throw away and donate them to the women's and men's shelters or something! It would be nice to think that these big corporations care about their communities, but really its just a bunch of high class a-holes in an office somewhere trying to figure out how to make themselves better than everyone else.
@veromar (1458)
• Argentina
9 Jan 10
Do you have a link to this article? I'd be interested in reading it. I'll reserve my comments until then. What part of NY was this? Most people automatically assume when somebody says "New York" they are referring to NYC, which is not generally the case. As somebody who lived in NYC for more than a decade, I know it can't possibly be there because there is not a WalMart there. At any rate, please post a link to the article if possible.
• United States
8 Jan 10
You have people who live in apartments and homes who don't donate there unwanted clothing. They take it right out with the daily trash. I would not stop shopping at a store because of this. that is a business they are running. They should be able to do what they want with the unwanted clothes. I was homeless and lived in a shelter. there was times the shelter could not take the donations at times. it was just too much to hold and distribute. yes we got good stuff even new unused stuff. But,they should be able to do what they feel with what they purchased.