Magnus told Jim Dwyer that it’s most common to find discarded items outside H&M. After research into the amputated gloves and the de-insulated coats, Dwyer reported on Tuesday that a Wal-Mart spokesperson claims the company usually donates its unsold items to charity and that H&M remains unresponsive in the face of at least 10 calls and emails. What’s more, is that Dwyer points out the close proximity of the dumpsters to New York Cares, a non-profit who gladly accepts donations of clothing on a daily basis.
High-end brands like Chanel once had a destruction policy for un-purchased inventory, but even they have put a moratorium on such heinous policies and have opened a handful of outlet shops for cheaper, off-season retail options in the past few years. What might be a measure to prevent the sale of these items is more likely a preventative measure to ensure that anyone who didn’t pay for them can’t wear them. And, actually, it’s an affront to the 18.5% of the City’s population who live below the poverty line: on the brink of what is shaping up to be a frozen winter, the blatant disregard for the City’s poor and under-dressed is astonishing, and the lack of knowledge and follow-through by these corporations concerning their product is unacceptable.