The manager of a hair salon franchise is speaking out after social media outrage sparked when a box of hair donations was seen tossed in the Dumpster behind the store.
The photo showed locks of hair in plastic bags with donation forms attached thrown out behind the Great Clips on Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia.
The hair was supposed to be donated to “Wigs for Kids,” based out of Ohio.
The photos were posted online Tuesday afternoon and sparked immediate outrage. Several people contacted WBTV and Great Clips, demanding answers.
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Great Clips said the company was upset as well.
“Between our partnership with Wigs for Kids and our Clips of Kindness program, supporting those going through hair loss is near and dear to our hearts,” Great Clips wrote on one post. “These programs were inspired by much-loved people in the Great Clips community who suffered through hair loss personally, so this is very important to us.”
On its Facebook page, Great Clips said the company would address the incident directly.
Nanette McDaniel was one of the donors who thought her long locks were going to a good cause.
“Why would they just throw it in the Dumpster? Because I donated it out of the kindness of my heart,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel didn’t know her donation ended up in the trash until WBTV knocked on her door.
“I personally know people with cancer and I know people who have battled and lost with cancer,” McDaniel said.
WBTV spoke with the store’s manager Tuesday afternoon. The manager says an employee made a mistake and has been reprimanded.
“I would hope that it would be an accident, but the fact that they do wrap them up, they do try to keep them separate. It makes me sad,” McDaniel said.
The manager said 100 hair donations were in the box that was tossed in the Dumpster. She says they were able to save all but five.
“That’s five people that won’t be able to have wigs now,” McDaniel said.
WBTV has reached out to Great Clips corporate management and “Wigs of Kids” officials for more information.