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Thursday, 14 January 2010


The economy is brutal. Jobs are scarce and many families are enduring hard times. Mothers are struggling to cloth and feed their children. Some retail gaints are still making millions or billions annually inspite of the economy, but do you think they're sharing the wealth? I'm not talking about these giants writing checks to us common folks or paying our bills, but simply assisting in other ways. For example, helping a school or church by donating coats, gloves or shoes and hats during the winter. Rather than donate unsold items to charity or families that are struggling, retail giants like Wal Mart and H &M trash their unsold merchandise. Yes, you read the sentence correctly they literally trash their merchandise. They put holes in the items, cut off the sleeves etc., place them in large trash bags and into the dumpster they go. They don't want the items to be used. When I read this shocking story, I was in disbelief. I thought retail giants placed their items on Clearance and just marked them down until they sold.

That shows how little I know. A graduate student by the name of Cynthia Magnus found trashed merchandise outside the back entrance of H&M in New York City. She also found Wal-Mart items a few doors down that had been dumped. She exposed both companies for being so heartless when so many people are suffering. They have both agreed to stop trashing their goods and donate it to charity. Bravo, but it's so sad that it took someone with a heart to slap these corporate giant's hands and take their scissors before they agreed to allow those in need to benefit from what they perceived to be trash.

I often wonder how people in decision making positions in large corporations get their jobs. I take clothing to the local Goodwill several times of a year. Someone can use it, and the majority of the time they getting quality items that have been well taken care of. Why wouldn't people who work for million and billion dollar companies think to do the same?


I guess when you make million dollar salaries, you don't think much about the struggling families across town or around the corner. I guess when you see CNN or your local TV station discussing the economy, it just goes in one ear and out the other. Especially when you're safe and warm in your mansion with a hefty bank account others aren't important.

I'm glad to hear that WalMart and H & M will now donate their unsold goods to charity. I believe they need to change their hiring process as well. They should require all of their employees to have a heart and to possess compassion for their fellow human beings.



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