Kathmandu Draws Criticism on Social Media after Staff was Seen Destroying Goods
On Saturday, Christchurch, New Zealand based outdoor and travel apparel, gear and accessories retailer Kathmandu, drew criticism on the social media for destroying clothing and sleeping bags which could have been donated to the homeless people.
However, according to the retail chain its actions were noting wrong because those items were old and faulty no more suitable for use. The retailer said the tents that were slashed were not water-proof anymore and the sleeping bags which were destroyed were "pretty much unusable" even for those who are living on the streets.
According to a Kathmandu official, the company has a good track record of donating the goods that are unsold and could be repaired to various charities.
The report of Kathmandu workers "slashing sleeping bags and slicing through clothing" close to its store in Takapuna store in Barrys Point Rd started the outrage. The company's then threw the damaged goods into dumpsters in front of people who live on the streets nearby.
Anna Horley who works nearby and witnessed the scene said "There's a homeless man who lives in the car park next to Kathmandu, and the staff are slashing sleeping bags and tents right in front of him."
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