H&M Slashes and Trashes Unsold Merchandise

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What: From our “what-the-hell” files, apparently retailers like H&M trash some of their unsold merchandise and mutilate those garments so they can’t be worn or resold. Really. Even in this economy.

The New York Times Says:

At the back entrance on 35th Street, awaiting trash haulers, were bags of garments that appear to have never been worn. And to make sure that they never would be worn or sold, someone had slashed most of them with box cutters or razors, a familiar sight outside H & M’s back door. The man and woman were there to salvage what had not been destroyed.

What I Say:This is a very sad story. Sad because there are so many people struggling, trying to keep their families fed and clothed, yet companies would rather take the tax write off than donate the clothing. To make matters worse, the 35th street location profiled in this article is right across from the non-profit, New York Cares, which gives coats to the needy in New York city.

As a side note, how many of you are going to check the trash bins outside of your local H&M?