If your Goodwills are run by a regional company, its not too surprising they were found at separate stores several miles apart. Many thrift store companies ship donations to a sorting center and everything is sorted and shipped out to several of their branches. This helps make sure all of the stores have good inventory. Ive seen this occur several times, with me finding things that were obviously from the same donor at 3 to 4 different thrift stores of the same company.
I have spoken with the managers/owners of several thrift stores, surplus shops, etc. and most do indeed actively remove name tapes from uniforms. As I said earlier, they typically cite that its a law/regulation, or simply that they do it for privacy or security reasons. I pointed out to a surplus store owner and veteran, that cited base security as a reason for taking off nametapes, that the Army hasnt used the DCU uniform as standard issue for over a decade. He simply said well a regulation is a regulation. I once had a booth at an antique store where I sold some excess BDU/DCU jackets, and after some customer complaints, was actually told by the store manager that I needed to remove the insignia or take the uniforms out of my booth.
Of course the irony is that Ive been to several surplus stores just outside of major military bases, and there were fully patched/named uniforms all over the racks and in piles on the floor. It seems the further away you get from a major military base, the more concerned people get about patched uniforms.
Edited by Longbranch, 01 October 2019 - 06:53 PM.