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April 28, 2011  | by: Vanessa Douglas

A Victoria's Secret Pink Advertisement

Victoria’s Secret is one of the most famous lingerie brands in the world. With faces such as Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Heidi Klum, and Alessandra Ambrosio, the company has been able to market lingerie and undergarments to all kinds of women (and perhaps some men as well). The company’s success, however, does not stop its employers from doing subious things.

Apparently a customer in Tampa, Florida returned a pair of unused $70 Pink sweatpants to one of the stores, and was shocked to see that the employee at the front began to shred the item after giving her a full refund.

The employee said that it was company policy to discard returned items, even if they are unused, so that they cannot be resold. When the customer followed up on the claim, it turns out that Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, The Limited, does have that policy in effect.

In a Today article, the customer said, ” ‘I asked about donating them to Salvation Army, what about Goodwill, what about all the people who lost everything in the Tsunami?’ Wolf said. “I told them I won’t ever shop with them anymore, and neither will anyone in my family.’ ” She is right. How much effort does it take to donate items that are unwanted?

This is not the first time that a major clothing company has been caught trashing their own clothes. H&M was highly criticized after bags of slashed clothes had been found in New York City dumpsters, and other big stores, such as Macy’s, have admitted to having similar policies. While it is not illegal to do such things (it is their own merchandise), is it really necessary?

To be honest, no. Not to get into a battle of ethics and morality, but it seems illogical to throw away perfectly good clothing, when the store can simply put it back on the rack, or give it to charity. It is understandable if items are in really bad condition, but then stores could simply refuse to accept them back.

Now that this issue has come to light, perhaps VS will follow in H&M’s footsteps and start giving their clothes away, instead of being wasteful. It is true that no one can tell the company what they should do with their own clothes, but when there are individuals who could easily take and use those clothes, when they might not have much else, what is the harm in giving it to them? Even more well off individuals kill to have a pair of Pink sweatpants, so why not spread the wealth?

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