I’ll leave summarizing to the subhead: “[Macy’s] parade-goer found that confetti that fell on him and friends had detectives’ social security numbers, bank info and unveiled undercover officers’ identities.”
(These internal documents were strip- rather than cross-cut shredded.)
Somewhere in an anonymous warehous, a paranoiac securicrat’s had the remnants collected in a giant swimming pool, so he can roll around in secrets while laughing manically.
And in a candle-lit sewer far away sits an anonymous underpaid confetti-machine loader with a dumpster-diving habit, clinking shot glasses with Guy Fawkes-masked confederates.
“”It landed on her shoulder,” Finkelstein told PIX11 News, “and it says ‘SSN’ and it’s written like a social security number, and we’re like, ‘That’s really bizarre.’
It made the Tufts University freshman concerned, so he and his friends picked up more of the confetti that had fallen around them.
“There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police.”
One confetti strip indicates that it’s from an arrest record, and other strips offer more detail. “This is really shocking,” Finkelstein said. “It says, ‘At 4:30 A.M. a pipe bomb was thrown at a house in the Kings Grant’ area.”
A closer look shows that the documents are from the Nassau County Police Department. The papers were shredded, but clearly not well enough.
They even contain information about Mitt Romney’s motorcade, apparently from the final presidential debate, which took place at Hofstra University in Nassau County last month.
Most significant, the confetti strips identified Nassau County detectives by name. Some of them are apparently undercover. Their social security numbers, dates of birth and other highly sensitive personal information was also printed on the confetti strips.
“I’m just completely in shock,” said Finkelstein, 18. “How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?””