http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/h-m-and-wal-mart-destroy-and-trash-unsold-goods-562909/?pg=5#comments This goes on all the time. I know several people who work in retail and they say that their stores make them destroy older merchandise rather then give it to charity. My husband works at a store-won't mention the name- and has been told to destroy perfectly good items. This isn't the first time that I have heard of Walmart destroying items. Someone that I trust told me that their local Walmart destroys clothing and then tells their employees that if they try to dig in the dumpster afterwards, that they will be persecuted for trespassing and stealing. I am including this quote because people always say that America is a Christian country. And I think that probably the largest percentage of people are Christian. So, it seems it is appropriate to quote a bible verse. I don't really consider myself any religion any more but I like that some of the Old Testament laws were geared toward making certain that farmers(the main businessmen of the time period) left something behind for the poor. One of the interesting stories in the Bible is that of Ruth. The reason that she was gleaning grain in Boaz's field was because the Old Testament rules had mandated that the farmer had to leave some grain for the poor. Leviticus Chapter 19: 9-10 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not be so thorough that you reap the field to its very edge, nor shall you glean the stray ears of grain. Likewise you shall not pick your vineyard bare, nor gather up the grapes that have fallen These things you shall leave for the poor and alien. It would be interesting to know how otherbelief systems view helping the poor and what their writings say on the subject also.