« on: May 9, 2008, 12:20 PM »
I think you should blame the American court system for this, not Wal-Mart. I'm sure WM would rather make a few dollars on this damaged merchandise or at least nab some positive publicity rather than take it at a complete loss. Problem is, if WM sold/donated any of the damaged merchandise, they could be liable for any health risk/injury resulting from these damaged products.
What if part of a package melted and cut someone or chemicals smoldered into a product that could potentially cause health issues if later released and breathed in? Far better to toss everything and take the loss than risk a single civil suit that could cost them millions and/or additional bad press.
Speaking of bad press - this is another great example of how people are just out to get Wal-Mart. No offense Tracy, but if they had a fire and sold the damaged goods at a reduced price, people would be complaining that they are too greedy and even if they donate it, they're potentially putting people at risk by handing out damaged stuff. If they toss it, they are wasteful monsters for polluting the environment with product that may have nothing wrong with it.
I'm sure the WM Haters will pipe in now with how WM did the wrong thing and they wouldn't have been viewed poorly for taking another action, but I think some peole are just out to bash them no matter what they do.