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  • It's a smart business decision in a free market!

    7 16.67%
  • Is it any different from paying farmers not to grow food?

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  • It sounds wastefull and environmentally unsound

    7 16.67%
  • It's immoral! These items could be given to the poor or sent abroad!

    15 35.71%
  • Other, please explain

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  • I'm not surprised Walmart is involved. They are a tool of Satan...

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    Re: Is it Ok for store to destroy & trash unsold merchandise?

    I see it as exactly the same as paying farmers not to grow food. It is immoral to not feed those who could use it by growing it, and wrong morally not to donate clothes that are to be discarded.

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    Re: Is it Ok for store to destroy & trash unsold merchandise?

    My 'agenda' was to bring the subject up for discussion, and gather a general sense of the opinions of others by posting a poll. I tried to offer what I thought might be a likely spectrum of points of view on the subject at hand.

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    Re: Is it Ok for store to destroy & trash unsold merchandise?

    I see nothing wrong with the poll, makes sense in that you are asking moral opinion.

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    Re: Is it Ok for store to destroy & trash unsold merchandise?

    Of course they can destroy their property if they want. But why would they want to? What possible economic advantage is there to doing this instead of giving the items to charities?

    I'm very glad their socially irresponsible actions were exposed. I never shop at WalMart, but I am a huge fan of H&M and was very surprised the Swedish company was involved in such practices. They said it's an isolated incident against company policies and that they'd make sure it wouldn't happen again.
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    Re: Is it Ok for store to destroy & trash unsold merchandise?

    It's their stuff -- they can do what they want with it.
    Its no more or less moral than you buying something and then destroying it.

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    Re: Is it Ok for store to destroy & trash unsold merchandise?

    I think it is wasteful and stupid, but I understand why they do it. It's a liability issue.

    A few years ago, I worked for a hospital, and one Sunday morning, I went to buy breakfast a few minutes before the cafeteria was to close. There was a huge pan of bacon still left, and I was buying a couple of strips. The woman working behind the counter told me to get whatever I wanted, because they were going to throw the rest away. When I asked why they didn't give it to poor or homeless people, she said that it was a legal issue. If food was not kept at a minimal temperature, and they gave leftover food away, then someone became ill after eating that food, the hospital could be sued.

    In another instance- a couple of years ago, I was checking out my stuff at Walmart, and the cashier had a gallon of milk at the register that someone had decided they didn't want. I asked her why they didn't put it back in the milk section to be sold and was informed that some types of perishable foods can't be re-stocked- same reason as the hospital cafeteria worker gave me for throwing away leftover food.

    It's extremely wasteful, but we are living in a litigious world these days, so lots of stuff is thrown away rather than being used for good and sensible purposes.

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    Re: Is it Ok for store to destroy & trash unsold merchandise?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Here's the story: H&M and Wal-Mart destroy and trash unsold goods - Fashion + Beauty on Shine



    What do you think? Is this moral? Is this ok to do?
    It's perfectly moral.

    It's their property to dispose of as they please, including the process of rendering them unfit for use.

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    Re: Is it Ok for store to destroy & trash unsold merchandise?

    It is most certainly not OK; it is extraordinarily wasteful and socially irresponsible, and it would cost them very little to donate the items instead.

    And must every single person on this thread preface their answer with "They have the right to do what they want" (or for those who are intellectually lazy, have that be the full extent of their response)? Isn't that just assumed?
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    Re: Is it Ok for store to destroy & trash unsold merchandise?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    It is most certainly not OK; it is extraordinarily wasteful and socially irresponsible, and it would cost them very little to donate the items instead.

    And must every single person on this thread preface their answer with "They have the right to do what they want" (or for those who are intellectually lazy, have that be the full extent of their response)? Isn't that just assumed?

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    It's their property, and they're under no obligation to be anyone's charitable clothier.

    At least that's how things work in free societies.

    You wouldn't trash it before trashing it? That's nice. It's their stuff, they get to do what they want with it.

    If, by shredding the garments I could keep the local bums and winos out of my dumpter, I would do so.

    No, that they have the right to buy garments and then shred them before throwing them out is not subject to debate.
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    Re: Is it Ok for store to destroy & trash unsold merchandise?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Hint:

    It's their property, and they're under no obligation to be anyone's charitable clothier.

    At least that's how things work in free societies.
    No one is disputing that. Do you not understand the difference between "Is it OK?" and "Do they have a legal obligation to not do this?" Of course you don't. You're a moral absolutist. Have you ever had an idea of your own, that didn't originate in The Gospel According to Ayn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar
    You wouldn't trash it before trashing it? That's nice. It's their stuff, they get to do what they want with it.
    Since you are just parroting the same stupid **** over and over instead of actually addressing the question, I'll just ignore it. What a wonderful business leader you'd make.

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    SCARECROW: It's your money, you can do whatever you want with it.

    INVESTORS: Do you think it's wise for Kraft to pursue Cadbury so aggressively?
    SCARECROW: It's their company, they can do whatever they want with it.

    CFO: Do you think we should take out a loan or issue more stock shares to cover our operating expenses?
    SCARECROW: The company should do whatever it wants.

    DIVISION MANAGER: Looks like we had a bad quarter...how many people should we lay off?
    SCARECROW: zomg whatevr you want government is evil atlas shrugged ron paul lololol



    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar
    If, by shredding the garments I could keep the local bums and winos out of my dumpter, I would do so.
    Or you could just give it to charity so they wouldn't have to root around your dumpster in the first place.
    Last edited by Kandahar; 01-11-10 at 07:19 PM.
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