Counterfeit Shoes Seized In NC Given To Poor

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Several North Carolina agencies are shipping seized counterfeit shoes to poor countries.

The Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement said in a news release Sunday that $850,000 in counterfeit shoes that were seized in the Charlotte area have been boxed up and sent to World Vision. The relief agency provides disaster assistance around the world.

The Alcohol Law Enforcement Division has been working with the Secretary of State's office in a crackdown on counterfeit goods.

The state got the permission from Nike and Timberland to donate the 8,000 pairs of shoes and 500 boots. Typically, counterfeit goods are destroyed after they are no longer needed for evidence in a criminal case.


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  • by Lydia Location: Hollywood, FL on Mar 20, 2010 at 04:11 PM
    It is appalling to me how utterly selfish people can be, wanting to stop this charitable service. WHO CARES where the needy who receive these goods are? What makes our own poor and needy any more deserving than those elsewhere? No wonder people hate the US - despite the fact that our country provides more charity worldwide than ANY other. Yes, charity begins at home, but in my opinion the important thing is to STOP the destruction of counterfeit goods in favor of getting them to those who desperately need something, anything - because they have nothing. It's shameful to destroy perfectly good clothing etc. just because someone has rights to the logo or name. I applaud Nike and Timberland for giving permission to do this.
  • by labib bishoy on Mar 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    and??? what difference does it make, they are shoes.shoes are shoes. counterfeit shoes are better than no shoes. turn your direction to drugs instead
  • by willie Location: Cove City on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    We should all contact the NC Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement to complain about this. Sending shoes to other countries when people are struggling to survive in this country is an insult.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Mar 8, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    Wake up.The greedy corporations here in America are not going to let a give-a-way of counterfit goods(shoes) get in the way of their profit.that is why.
  • by Get a life on Mar 8, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    You can buy the same cheap import knock-offs at Walmart any day. Quit whining...
  • by live from downtown Location: shawboro on Mar 8, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    and i supose they will not be on the streets in whatever country they are shipped to i suppose they will not be on the street in what ever country they are shipped to? guess they do not have black markets in other countries,riiight.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    They couldn't give them away here or the counterfeits would still be on the streets and people would be trying to sell them as real.
  • by live from downtown Location: shawboro nc on Mar 8, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    witn,who can we contact to try and change this decision?
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 8, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    It's good that they are giving them to the less fortunate, but HELLO, there are needy people right here in the United States. If the needy of the U.S. had those shoes, it would create a win win situation, a gain for them and a gain for our government in order to spend less money at this time.
  • by in agreement on Mar 8, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    I agree with Betty and a few others. I think we should start at home with the charity work then let it spread to other countries in need. How can we just ignore our own people who are crying out for help. Families are losiing their homes because the providers are losing their jobs. People can't afford to put food on the table let alone afford shoes for their kids. LET'S START HERE FIRST!
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