The featured story at Yahoo today paints a dark cloud over the largest retailer in the world. Wal Mart is located all over the world and just about everybody has heard of this store that started back in Arkansas by a man named Sam Walton. It appears that Wal Mart is trashing their unsold clothes and going one step further. In case someone should find these unsold clothes Wal Mart is throwing away, the employees at Wal Mart have strict orders to cut holes and make the clothes unwearable. A lot of people think Wal Mart should be giving these clothes to charities and organizations that desperately need these clothing items. I can understand that point of view, but before you start banning Wal Mart products, you need to consider other things.
Let’s take the fast food industry. All of the popular fast food chains are throwing away food by the pounds at each store nightly. Should these stores be giving these food items to the hungry? It would be nice if they could, but it’s asking a lot of these companies. I know food has a short shelf-life and it would be more understandable with the amount of food these guys are throwing away each day. In Wal Mart’s case, they are throwing away unsold clothes that could be used weeks, months, or even years later. Distributing these unsold clothes to needy organizations and charities would be an extra cost for Wal Mart. Perhaps volunteers could ask for these unsold items and would make routine pick-ups to make sure these clothes went to someone in need. Now if Wal Mart did offer this kind gesture to charities, would they really benefit from it? Maybe in terms of knowing they did the right thing, but let’s say Wal Mart continues to destroy these clothing items. When someone is needing clothes to wear, the charities are forced to go out and buy cheap clothes. Where can you find cheap clothes? Yes, Wal Mart is one of the cheapest clothing retailers out there and I’m sure a lot of organizations that work with charities do their shopping at Wal Mart.
People want Wal Mart to donate their unsold clothes, but this would cost Wal Mart money in the long term. It would eventually end up in a cash donation and now we’re criticizing Wal Mart for not giving money to charities. I think a few people are blowing this story out of proportion and Wal Mart is being unfairly targeted due to their size and popularity. Yes, it would be great if Wal Mart would do something with these unsold clothing items, but if they choose to destroy them, then it really isn’t none of our business. Perhaps Wal Mart could team up with 3rd world nations and get these clothes to places where there isn’t any Wal Mart stores. This process would still need money and transportation to get these unsold clothes to the countries in the greatest need.
If you want to make the world a better place, then stop pointing the finger and do something yourself. Spreading these facts about Wal Mart is not a productive way to go about it and there are better things we can all do to help the less fortunate people in this world. Let’s face it, Wal Mart is only a small fraction of companies not donating their excess goods to charities. I would like to see local organizations team up with fast food restaurants and collect their scraps at night and deliver these unsold food items to the poor and hungry. However, a charity wanting to feed the hungry is most likely to buy from a fast food restaurant, since the food items are normally cheap at these places. Let’s applaud the fast food chains that participate in these types of donations, but let’s not condemn the fast food chains that elect to not donate.
I understand how Wal Mart’s extra goods could do so much for this nation and other nations around the world. If they haven’t figured out a system to help these folks, let’s not blame the Wal Marts of the world for people not having descent clothes to wear. It’s not like Sam Walton set out to neglect the poor people of the world and let’s keep that in mind before we starting pointing fingers again.
Article publié pour la première fois le 08/01/2010