The confetti used at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was reportedly made of confidential police documents, according to Gawker.
To make matters worse, some of the confetti made of documents most of us weren’t meant to see was still readable when it rained down on those in attendance. Since the confidential paperwork was shredded horizontally, many of the case details were still legible to anyone who happened to take a look.
According WPIX, many of the shreds of paper encountered by attendees of the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade contained the names and social security numbers of several undercover police officers.
Tufts University freshman Ethan Finkelstein said he noticed a sliver of paper containing some unusual information on a friend’s coat.
“It landed on her shoulder and it says ‘SSN’ and it’s written like a social security number, and we’re like, ‘That’s really bizarre,’ ” Finkelstein explained. “There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police.”
The college student explained that a lot of the confetti he and his friends discovered near the parade contained all sorts of information related to confidential police cases.
“This is really shocking,” Finkelstein added.
Closer inspection of the confetti revealed that the documents in question came from the Nassau County Police Department. Needless to say, officials were none too pleased about the incident.
“The Nassau County Police Department is very concerned about this situation. We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents,” explained Inspector Kenneth Lack.
An investigation into how the poorly shredded documents found their way into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is presently underway. The parade’s sponsor maintains that it only uses “commercially manufactured, multicolor confetti, not shredded paper” for the event.