My father asked them if they were going to sell any of the damaged items and the manager told him no, that they had to throw everything in the store away and start over.
I'm guessing that either your dad or the manager he spoke to have a loose definition of "everything." I find it pretty hard to believe that they had to toss every piece of merchandise in the store, but if they did, then maybe there was potential for safety issues and this was the best way to ensure public health? Would you donate or sell an item if you were only 80-90% sure that it was safe?
Like I said before - it really doesn't matter what WM does. The Wal-Mart haters in our midst will bash them regardless of what they do. Here's another reason for you to "hate" Walmart and corporate America:
Wal-Martís global contributions to charitable organizations totaled more than $470 million last year
Obviously no one at Wal-Mart thinks about giving back to the community.