The New York Times revealed that the mid-town H&M and Walmart have routinely been throwing out bags upon bags of clothes they were not able to sell. Even worse, they slash up the clothes first to prevent others from picking the clothes for free or reselling them. Cynthia Magnus, a graduate student at City University of New York, came across the clothes while walking back from class. When her attempts to contact H&M’s headquarters went unanswered, she got in touch with the newspaper. Apparently her tactics worked, because just hours after the article ran, H&M contacted the Times as well to promise they would stop the brutal destruction of defenseless clothing immediately:
“It will not happen again,” said Nicole Christie, a spokeswoman for H&M in New York. “We are committed 100 percent to make sure this practice is not happening anywhere else, as it is not our standard practice.”
A Walmart spokesperson has also said they are investigating the mid-town store as their normal practice is donate clothes.
How wasteful! Can you believe it?