There's a lot of purportedness in this photoset: is this pile of Canon cameras really worth half-a-million dollars? Were they really damaged during shipping, forcing the company to destroy them all before they hit the grey market? Was there really not a better solution for these than destroying them?
It's easy to understand why Canon wouldn't want these cameras to go on to the market: they don't want to damage their reputation, nor be responsible for supporting cameras that may already be wonky. But it's all so wasteful. The serial numbers were known, surely; that would take care of the warranty problem. Couldn't they have scraped all the branding off the units and donated them to schools or something? Argh.
Mass destruction of the Canon cameras [Paradoxoff.com] (Thanks, Matt!)