Friday, January 08, 2010

How can a corporation be a person when it has no heart?

So infuriating. These big box corporations are really just large scale, low class con men. They come into a community with big promises. But they won't build without big tax breaks. They drive out the small independent merchants and further erode the tax base. They structure their employee compensation so their workers need social services that the city can't afford. And then they do this:
"This week the New York Times reported a disheartening story about two of the largest retail chains. You see, instead of taking unsold items to sample sales or donating them to people in need, H&M and Wal-Mart have been throwing them out in giant trash bags. And in the case that someone may stumble on these bags and try to keep or re-sell the items, these companies have gone ahead and slashed up garments, cut off the sleeves of coats, and sliced holes in shoes so they are unwearable."
Southern Beale has the rant on this already, so I'll just add I assume trashing the goods is the most profitable business decision, but what's good for the corporation is bad for the people and the planet.

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