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NYPD Shreds Seized Knockoffs Rather Than Donating Them

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You know what might be worse than H&M destroying perfectly good clothes? The city of New York doing the same thing. Up until last year, when cops seized knockoffs from counterfeiters, they would donate them to charity groups. But this past summer, the Police Department rented a gigantic shredder, and ever since they've been destroying bags and bags of clothing. (They also ship clothes to an incinerator on Long Island.)

New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer, who also broke the Trashgate story, exposed the practice in an article on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the NYPD told him that they hadn't donated unwanted clothes this year because nobody asked them to, but the people who run the New York City Clothing Bank say they've made many requests. Meanwhile, a lawyer for Steve Madden, Zac Posen and Ed Hardy defends the destruction, arguing that it helps keep counterfeit goods off the street.
· Closing Pipeline to Needy, City Shreds Clothes [NYT]
· All Trashgate coverage [Racked]