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    Editor,

    I was at our recycling facility [earlier this month].

    As I was putting properly sorted paper in the office paper bin, I noticed that someone had left items that definitely don’t qualify as office paper. Cardboard folders, paper clips, can lids, clear plastic folder covers, etc.— aren’t office paper.

    As I was sorting through some of these anomalies, I looked in one of the cardboard folders and discovered tax records, complete with a social security number. I didn’t check for a name. Maybe I was afraid it would be someone I knew.

    I mentioned my find to someone who might know about such things and was told that SSN could maybe be sold for several hundred dollars. I don’t need the money, so I left the records there. If the dimwit who left his or her tax records at the recycling center experiences identity theft, maybe it was deserved.

    Come on, people. Take a little time to do it right.

    — Bill Foreman
    Moab

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