Please Support a #DonateDontDump Law / Less Waste, More Good
Nov 15, 2020 —
Background: this past week I posted a video on TikTok asking people to share their stories working in retail and being forced to deliberately destroy usable merchandise. CVS does this, but unfortunately so do many other retailers.
People shared about how they are made to cut up clothing (like at Urban Outfitters, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret), rip holiday cards in half (Hallmark, Papyrus, American Greeting), smash candles (Bath & Body Works), take a box cutter to unsold fabric (Joanne’s Fabric), and toss in the trash edible food (sometimes pouring bleach over it to make sure no one eats it).
Per corporate policy, they are not allowed to take it home, and they are not allowed to donate it*.
I think this needs to change, and I hope you do too.
Please watch the videos included in this thread, and then retweet it, tagging your elected officials (senators, house of reps, President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris). Please ask them for a #donatedontdump law.
Wrong is wrong. Hopefully this is something we—all Americans—can agree upon. #DonateDontDump #RetailMadeMe
*Since liability with food donation always comes up: please remember that donors are covered under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, there have been no recorded lawsuits related to food donation, and you can have the recipient sign a hold harmless clause)
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