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More people say Walmart throws out bikes

Yesterday we showed video of a Walmart in Lake Park that was throwing out bicycles, piling them up in Dumpsters behind the store instead of donating them or giving them to charities.

Today we've been working for you, trying to find out why this happened.

We checked this afternoon, and the bikes are no longer in the Dumpsters.

The bikes Walmart was throwing out are gone.

But from what we've been told, this is not the first time Walmart has done something like this. Getting a new bike like this would be a "treat" for any child.

But Walmart was "treating" these bikes like trash, throwing them away. Piling them in two Dumpsters behind their store in Lake Park Tuesday.

And instead of giving them to needy children to "ride," these new bikes were going for a "ride" to the junkyard.

We found what appeared to be a few dozen shiny new bikes, or what looked like brand-new bikes with minor damage that Walmart was throwing out.

Richard Hayden of West Palm Beach saw our story and says he saw the exact same thing at another Walmart a year and a half ago at the corner of Military and Belvedere.

 

"I just think it's terrible," he said. "There was one Dumpster just filled to the top with bikes. There were kids' bikes, mountain bikes, everything."

 

Hayden says he recalls that day how wasteful it seemed, that Walmart would throw out perfectly good bikes, or bikes that needed only minor simple repairs.

So he called the store later that day and asked for permission to come and get the bikes to give to a friend, Jack the Bike Man, who fixes up bikes and gives them to needy children.

"I called the  store and got the management. But I didn't get anywhere with it. It was like, you know, that's private property, you can't, you know, nothing can be done."

Jack the Bike Man runs a repair shop in West Palm Beach, where he fixes up used bikes and gives them away each year at Christmas to needy children.

"It is definitely disgraceful. And you know, we've become a throwaway society," said Jack Hairston, Jack the Bike Man. "They need to do something better than just pile bicycles in a Dumpster."

 

Walmart told us yesterday they had given the bikes in the dumpsters to the Sheriff's Office, but no one there today could provide us with any information on where the bikes are now or what will be done with them.

Port St. Lucie Police say they got 12 to 15 of the bikes and plan to give them to children from low-income families.

A man who said he's a Walmart employee told us by phone that Walmart throws out a lot of new merchandise all the time that didn't sell, to make room for new merchandise

Flat-screen Tv's, vacuum cleaners, bicycles. But it's usually crushed first, in a compactor and the public never sees it.

He felt these bikes were probably left-over merchandise or slightly-damaged merchandise that shoppers have returned and the store policy is to destroy such items.

 

 

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