Macy’s Parade Confetti Contained Police Social Security Numbers

By Amir Khan on November 26, 2012 3:48 PM EST

Macy's parade confetti contained shredded police documents, and parade watchers who picked up some of the pieces may have gotten a glimpse at the social security numbers and other personal information from some police officers.

Part of the Macy's parade confetti was apparently made up of documents from the Nassau County Police Department, and even as the department vowed a thorough investigation, some of the Macy's parade confetti can still be seen on NYC streets.

"A friend of a friend was standing in front of me, and she had a big piece of confetti on her coat," paradegoer Ethan Finkelstein told the New York Post. "She saw it had something on it, and we read it said SSN, like Social Security number."

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Finkelstein said he started picking up pieces and noticed the pieces of Macy's parade confetti all had birth dates, addresses, social security numbers and other personal information.

"I don't know where it came from. All of a sudden it was everywhere!" he said. "At first I thought it might be documents from Macy's employees until I saw that there were detectives' names and information about crimes in there. This is really shocking!"

A police spokesman said they are investigating the incident, but said it's too early to comment on how shredded documents could have turned into the Macy's parade confetti.

"The Nassau County Police Department is very concerned about this situation," Inspector Kenneth Lack said. "We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents."

However the shredded documents became Macy's parade confetti, Macy's denies having anything to do with it.Macy's said it "uses commercially manufactured, multicolored confetti not shredded, homemade or printed paper of any kind in the parade," according to the Post. 

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