As The Burning Bush previously reported, Vice Versa gets a large bulk of its inventory from those clothing bins once alleged to have been created for the purpose of donating to “the poor” (an arbitrary term these days). But now, with Bushwick City Council exercising an iron fist over the fining and removal of these illegal bins, it’s likely Vice Versa has lost its primary cash cow.
After Yolanda Vestido, a woman who donated her clothes to the bin, discovered a Vice Versa employee extracting her bounty from the giant pink-toned rectangle, the store made attempts to be subtler about its thievery, enlisting rogue retail freelancers to dress in black and pluck clothing from the bins in the wee hours of the night. But, as Lena Dunham will tell you, nothing gold can stay.
Alerted not only to the illegality of the bins’ existence, but also to Vice Versa’s pilfering of them, Bushwick City Council has put one of those steering wheel locks over every opening to the bins within a two-mile radius of Bushwick. Now that the gauntlet has been thrown down, can Vice Versa fight back, or will it have to start snagging clothes off trucks, Soprano-style?
Written by Genna Rivieccio