A CUNY grad student, Cynthia Magnus, taking a course with a friend of ours, discovered this scandal and brought it to the Times, About New York. (Hat tip to Willy, thanks.) A tragic illustration of heartless greed.
A Clothing Clearance Where More Than Just the Prices Have Been Slashed
By JIM DWYER
In the bitter cold on Monday night, a man and woman picked apart a pyramid of clear trash bags, the discards of the HM clothing store that reigns in blazing plate-glass glory on 34th Street, just east of Sixth Avenue in Manhattan.
At the back entrance on 35th Street, awaiting trash haulers, were bags of garments that appear to have never been worn. And to make sure that they never would be worn or sold, someone had slashed most of them with box cutters or razors, a familiar sight outside H & M’s back door. The man and woman were there to salvage what had not been destroyed...more...