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« on: December 09, 2002, 15:24:00 »

China exports a lot of toys. They don't like to use well paid employees who are members of unions in China to make the toys. From time to time I still receive snail mail about refusing to buy products (especially toys) from China because of the slave labor used to create them. Walmart sells a lot of things from China, including toys. It really does not surprise me that they would sell the same toys twice when they were obviously supposed to go for charity.


 
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2002, 15:39:52 »

if poor countrys didnt use cheap workers most of the things we have now wouldnt be avalible due to costs.

im not supporting sweat shops but the people who work in them would not have any jobs at all if they didnt work in them.

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2002, 14:29:16 »

Sterling Wal-Mart Resells Donated Toys
National Headquarters Donates Toys To Make Up

POSTED: 12:21 p.m. MST December 5, 2002
UPDATED: 5:18 p.m. MST December 5, 2002

STERLING, Colo. -- Toys that had been placed in a drop-off box for charity at a Wal-Mart store were put back on the store's shelves after a mix-up that frustrated organizers.

With 10 days left until the end of the annual Toys for Tots drive for the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, organizer Susan Kraich said she was back at square one.

 
"I've been keeping an eye on that box every time I went to Wal-Mart, and was so excited as it slowly began to fill. Over the weekend I heard that it was nearly full, so I went to pick it up. I was devastated when I found it empty," Kraich said.

Kraich said she complained to store management, but was told the store would only replace the items she knew for a fact were in the box. She left the store after replacing only three toys that she had purchased and donated to the cause.

"I don't know how I am suppose to prove what was in there ... I thought since Wal-Mart agreed to place the box, they were agreeing to keep an eye on it," she said.

Wal-Mart manager Brad Barritt said the Toys for Tots organizer he met, whose name he could not remember, was instructed that donated items needed to be wrapped in Wal-Mart bags to ensure the items had been purchased.

Kraich denied ever receiving any such instruction.

"There was everything in that box -- clothing, sporting goods, food items. My understanding was that the box would be emptied regularly. We had no way of knowing whether or not those items had been paid for," Barritt said.

He said the box was not visible from the store's security cameras, so there was no video proof that the toys were purchased.

As a result, he decided to place all of the items in the box back on store shelves to be resold.

Barritt noted that the retailer is a regular benefactor to area clubs and organizations, donating more than $50,000 annually. Wal-Mart even offered a $1,000 cash grant to Toys for Tots this year.

"Not that that has anything to do with this situation. Only to say that, as a corporation, we are very community minded. I'd hate to see a discrepancy over a few toys change that perception in the eyes of the public," Barritt said.

By late Wednesday, telephone lines were buzzing between Wal-Mart, its Arkansas corporate headquarters and the local charity.

Before the day was out, $425 worth of toys were delivered to the Sterling office of First America Cash Advance, where Kraich works.



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