Capitalism, red in tooth and claw

There’s a fairly scandalous little story in the NY Tiomes this morning:

During her walks down 35th Street, Ms. Magnus said, it is more common to find destroyed clothing in the H & M trash. On Dec. 7, during an early cold snap, she said, she saw about 20 bags filled with H & M clothing that had been cut up.

“Gloves with the fingers cut off,” Ms. Magnus said, reciting the inventory of ruined items. “Warm socks. Cute patent leather Mary Jane school shoes, maybe for fourth graders, with the instep cut up with a scissor. Men’s jackets, slashed across the body and the arms. The puffy fiber fill was coming out in big white cotton balls.” The jackets were tagged $59, $79 and $129.

via About New York – Clothes Discarded by H and M in Manhattan Are First Destroyed – NYTimes.com.

Ironically, Americans are better than most at coming up with solutions to these matters. In this case, a Swedish company operating in the most capitalist city on the planet comes away looking like a tawdry bunch of unfeeling moneygrabbers. Sack the CSR exec, I would.