NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A crowd gathered in Times Square Saturday to shred their bad memories of 2013 – literally.
As 1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer reported, Saturday was the Seventh Annual Good Riddance Day. A Cintas mobile shredding truck was set up on the Broadway Plaza in Times Square for the public to rip to pieces all physical evidence of humiliating, embarrassing and depressing moments in 2013 for a fresh start in the year to come.READ MORE: Juneteenth Celebrations Across New York City Take On New Meaning In 2021
The names of ex-lovers, ex-husbands and even mothers-in-law were written down on slips of paper and thrown in the giant shredder.
Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, told CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes that the shredder was a good way for people to get rid of bad energy.
“They’re shredding the past and saying, let’s get rid of that bad energy and we’ll be ready for the new year,” he said.
Two college students just wanted to get rid of their bad semester, and as one described it, “all my stress, worries and the people who brought me down.”