The New York Times has a piece worth reading about big-name clothing stores (Wal-Mart, H&M) destroying clothing that was returned or didn’t sell before they throw it out presumably so people (like homeless people) don’t get their hands on anything without paying for it. After all, Wal-Mart is only the second most-profitable company in the world. They can’t afford to be too generous.
It is winter. A third of the city is poor. And unworn clothing is being destroyed nightly.