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2013-11-06 10:04:28 AM
Don't donate personal paperwork to Goodwill. Problem solved.
 
2013-11-06 10:20:21 AM
Well, you have to be careful with your info and not donate it to goodwill in the first place.
 
2013-11-06 10:24:11 AM
Walk up to the club like "What up?  I got a big <LIST OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS>"
 
2013-11-06 10:26:15 AM
Whistle blower; "Hey, people are giving Goodwill their personal forms and sensitive information. That's wrong."

Goodwill staff: "Doesn't look harmful to me. STFUGBTW."

Goodwill founded 1902. Long time to be running an underground identity theft operation.
 
2013-11-06 11:10:26 AM

pizen: Don't donate personal paperwork to Goodwill. Problem solved.


Or even better..

www.gbc-shredder.com
 
2013-11-06 11:50:27 AM
Don't donate a box full of your personal information to Goodwill?
 
2013-11-06 11:55:51 AM

pizen: Don't donate personal paperwork to Goodwill. Problem solved.


Stop making so much sense!
 
2013-11-06 11:56:31 AM
Seriously who gives old paperwork to Goodwill?
 
2013-11-06 11:57:07 AM
When I drop off stuff at Goodwill, I don't see any signs saying they'll scrub your donations to rid them of any personally identifiable information.

In other words, if I were Goodwill this would fall under "not my problem".
 
2013-11-06 11:57:17 AM
$20 says someone dumped a box of what they thought was trash into a Goodwill bin, and this is Goodwills FU back to them for thinking the donation containers were for trash
 
2013-11-06 11:59:04 AM
Scary
 
2013-11-06 11:59:17 AM

pizen: Don't donate personal paperwork to Goodwill. Problem solved.


done in one.  It is troubling that they managed to buy that shiat 24/28 times or whatever though.  Holy christ there are a lot of idiots out there.
 
2013-11-06 11:59:22 AM

Voiceofreason01: Don't donate a box full of your personal information to Goodwill?


Sounds easy huh?

People get robbed. Many people live alone. People have long stays in hospitals, jails, lose their homes, or just die. Then people come along and collect whatever they find. Not everyone has the luxury of having a trusting partner or someone responsible for their estate.
 
2013-11-06 12:01:19 PM

CruJones: When I drop off stuff at Goodwill, I don't see any signs saying they'll scrub your donations to rid them of any personally identifiable information.

In other words, if I were Goodwill this would fall under "not my problem".


exactly.  if you donate your personal information, its fair game
 
2013-11-06 12:02:05 PM

basemetal: Well, you have to be careful with your info and not donate it to goodwill in the first place.


Read the article, none of those people donated their personal paperwork. It got there from mistakes with moving companies, storage companies, cleaners and someone grabbing a wrong box. Could accidentally almost happen to anyone.
 
2013-11-06 12:02:14 PM

Voiceofreason01: Don't donate a box full of your personal information to Goodwill?


I'm willing to bet most of it is not donated by the individuals themselves but rather relatives/friends cleaning out storage rooms or small businesses/firms/ex employers cleaning shop.
 
2013-11-06 12:02:37 PM
From a cleaning service that sent the boxes to goodwill instead of storage

Well, there's your problem.

/can someone donate a paragraph?
 
2013-11-06 12:08:30 PM
What an offensive headline. I'm jobless and not even trying to recover from my addictions. That doesn't make me an identity thief.

Besides, Goodwill hires retards. Salvation Army is the one that hires junkies.
 
2013-11-06 12:09:48 PM
I buy lots of used books at Goodwill. It's amazing some of the things I've found inside them as forgotten bookmarks.

4 $20 bills in a book of Neruda, 2 20-pound notes in a business book that appeared unread (the best approach to business books).

Plenty of photographs, birthday cards, personal letters, bills.

This week some uncashed dividend checks for less than $2 each (seriously, this guy owned like 2 shares of Exxon).

Once I found an unopened certified mail envelope that turned out to be notice of someone being sued because they stopped paying for a piano in the late 90's.

I used to buy storage units (before those damned TV shows) and I'd find plenty of personal documents that would have been perfect for identity thieves, but I'd have to shop Paladin Press for the books to learn the ins and out of ID theft. It's just not my style to buy books new.
 
2013-11-06 12:09:49 PM

Voiceofreason01: Don't donate a box full of your personal information to Goodwill?


My guess is; somebody got a little carried away with the spring cleaning.

/ Or, the parents tasked a teenager with the task of bringing the donation down to Goodwill; and the teen just picked up the wrong box.
 
2013-11-06 12:10:56 PM
Old school solution

photodiarist.com
 
2013-11-06 12:11:07 PM

KawaiiNot: basemetal: Well, you have to be careful with your info and not donate it to goodwill in the first place.

Read the article, none of those people donated their personal paperwork. It got there from mistakes with moving companies, storage companies, cleaners and someone grabbing a wrong box. Could accidentally almost happen to anyone.


Sounds like the advice still stands.
 
2013-11-06 12:11:53 PM

pizen: Don't donate personal paperwork to Goodwill. Problem solved.


Thread over. Seriously, criminals don't donate the stuff they couldn't fence / pawn to Goodwill, so if your shiat is there, either you or your family member / significant other took it.

Don't take your bank statements, divorce papers, pay stubs, tax returns, medical and dental records, insurance documents, checking and savings account information, valid debit cards and credit cards, medical histories, prescription records, pay stubs, immigration papers, car titles, legal documents, leases, bills, family photos, tax returns, mortgage statements, student loan applications, employees drug test results, checking account statements, job applications, college transcripts, IRA and 401K statements and living wills to Goodwill. Don't let people into your house who you believe will take those things to Goodwill.

And don't complain if after donating them, they sell them. YOU CHOSE TO LET THEM DO IT.  Freaking morans.

/pretty alarming, though, that "some of those social security numbers found belonged to local police officers" -- meaning that local police officers are so dumb, they don't know not to give their personal info to Goodwill.
 
2013-11-06 12:12:17 PM
Lookit... if I didn't want hobos and derelicts to have access to all that stuff I would not have donated it in the first place. What they do with it all makes me seem far more interesting on paper.

Don't spoil this for me, lady!
 
2013-11-06 12:12:41 PM
That should be a crime, but not nearly as serious a crime as auto-playing video ads.
 
2013-11-06 12:13:07 PM
I don't see why I shouldn't donate boxes and computers chock full of personal information. After all, it is a donation to those who are less fortunate. If someone can take my information, and use it to better themselves and their situation, then the system works.

The marvelous wonder and imagination of the free market.
 
2013-11-06 12:13:32 PM

pizen: Don't donate personal paperwork to Goodwill. Problem solved.


Done in one. It's not Goodwill's fault that window-licking morons are handing them boxes full of personal information.
 
2013-11-06 12:18:00 PM

JohnCarter: Old school solution

[photodiarist.com image 600x400]


Crosscut paper shredders (that do credit cards and such) are under a hundred bucks. Great investment and if you're worried about people putting even those little pieces back together thoroughly mix up the confetti and toss a little bit out in your weekly garbage mixed in with your coffee grounds, rotting meat scraps and used condoms/tampons.

Make them WORK for that sh*t, yo!
 
2013-11-06 12:19:10 PM

Mr. Breeze: Voiceofreason01: Don't donate a box full of your personal information to Goodwill?

I'm willing to bet most of it is not donated by the individuals themselves but rather relatives/friends cleaning out storage rooms or small businesses/firms/ex employers cleaning shop.


What I thought as well.
 
2013-11-06 12:21:30 PM
I double, even triple check everything that goes out with the donations. It just seems sensible to know what is leaving your house in case you've hastily dumped something important into the pile.

/20 bins out of the garage this summer
//know all the donation places at this point
 
2013-11-06 12:31:56 PM

here to help: Crosscut paper shredders (that do credit cards and such) are under a hundred bucks. Great investment and if you're worried about people putting even those little pieces back together thoroughly mix up the confetti and toss a little bit out in your weekly garbage mixed in with your coffee grounds, rotting meat scraps and used condoms/tampons.

Make them WORK for that sh*t, yo!


Or better still, just shred *everything*, whether its personal info or not. Envelopes. Junk mail. That page I printed but never bothered to read. The 200 page booklet about medical insurance my wife got given at work. Unwanted business cards. Old CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and CD-Rs of downloaded junk. Everything goes in the shredder (which is fast-approaching ten years old and still works fine), and the ratio of non-personal to personal cross-cut shreddings is so much in our favor you'd have to be crazy to try and reassemble anything.
 
2013-11-06 12:34:50 PM
***NSCSB***

I work at a company that works with Goodwills across the country.  One of the guys that I have to talk to on a daily basis is a convicted child molester.  Someone I work with did some research on the internet and found a law written in California that cited this guy as an example.  This guy was caught "orally copulating a 3 and 5 year old".  He worked at preschools, volunteered at youth places, etc.  Unfortunately, I have to talk to this guy and treat him as a customer.  It makes me sick to my stomach, literally.
 
2013-11-06 12:37:10 PM

Buttknuckle: ***NSCSB***

I work at a company that works with Goodwills across the country.  One of the guys that I have to talk to on a daily basis is a convicted child molester.  Someone I work with did some research on the internet and found a law written in California that cited this guy as an example.  This guy was caught "orally copulating a 3 and 5 year old".  He worked at preschools, volunteered at youth places, etc.  Unfortunately, I have to talk to this guy and treat him as a customer.  It makes me sick to my stomach, literally.


I must add, I at least only have to talk to him on the phone since I am across the country from him.  However, his voice sounds exactly like "Pat" from SNL, adding to creep-factor.
 
2013-11-06 12:39:45 PM
I read this and thought what most of you are thinking-why did you donate a box of personal info, and saw the part about movers mixing up boxes, etc. So, why didn't they have like an 'important' label, with 'personal info' on the box, or 'do NOT give to Goodwill' I give stuff to non-profit thrift stores almost monthly, but never have I donated my old tax records, that's why they are in a filing cabinet.
 
2013-11-06 12:49:01 PM

pizen: Don't donate personal paperwork to Goodwill. Problem solved.


Came here to say this.

They can only sell WHAT YOU DONATE.
 
2013-11-06 01:10:12 PM

HoboCop: Seriously who gives old paperwork to Goodwill?


Corporations, Banks, etc...


Your personal information is not secure. All those PC's that corp donated to that charity, yeah they all have old files on them. The IT department did not clean the hard drive and reinstall the operating system like they used to.

Last time I bought a used server from one of those charities that refurbishes old computers it was full of loan information. Social security numbers, driver licenses, property parcel IDs, VINs, etc... pretty much any and everything you would need to commit fraud against the former owners customers.

Face it your SS number and credit score are probably the most traded piece of information and the absolute worst way to judge someone.
 
2013-11-06 01:19:42 PM
Dear Yahoo Shine:

Use PARAGRAPHS, motherfarkers!
 
2013-11-06 01:53:37 PM
I'm of the mind that the paperwork in question was purposely donated during a divorce. Whoever got the house, and the belongings within it - while the assets were being liquidated - just decided to give everything they had to Good Will.
 
2013-11-06 01:56:08 PM

Hate Speech: What an offensive headline. I'm jobless and not even trying to recover from my addictions. That doesn't make me an identity thief.

Besides, Goodwill hires retards. Salvation Army is the one that hires junkies.


Welcome to Fark.
 
2013-11-06 02:00:07 PM

gweilo8888: here to help: Crosscut paper shredders (that do credit cards and such) are under a hundred bucks. Great investment and if you're worried about people putting even those little pieces back together thoroughly mix up the confetti and toss a little bit out in your weekly garbage mixed in with your coffee grounds, rotting meat scraps and used condoms/tampons.

Make them WORK for that sh*t, yo!

Or better still, just shred *everything*, whether its personal info or not. Envelopes. Junk mail. That page I printed but never bothered to read. The 200 page booklet about medical insurance my wife got given at work. Unwanted business cards. Old CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and CD-Rs of downloaded junk. Everything goes in the shredder (which is fast-approaching ten years old and still works fine), and the ratio of non-personal to personal cross-cut shreddings is so much in our favor you'd have to be crazy to try and reassemble anything.


I don't go that far but close. I just keep a pile of obviously identifiable info, then torn envelopes that I can't reuse (I keep bill return envelopes or whatever and use them to organize paperwork I'm keeping), any handwritten stuff (no one needs to see my grocery lists or other handwritten pontifications), cash receipts (no identifiable info but they can show spending habits), etc... and spend the ten minutes every couple months to run it all through the shredder. I'm boring but I have the damned thing and you never know who's digging through your garbage. They wouldn't get much use out of most of that crap anyway but it's still creepy.

Besides, the destructive "WHIIIIRRRR" of the thing is kind of satisfying and it satiates my OCD side.

Everything in its place!!!

*touch touch touch stomp stomp 1234 twirl*
 
2013-11-06 02:02:44 PM

SpectroBoy: pizen: Don't donate personal paperwork to Goodwill. Problem solved.

Came here to say this.

They can only sell WHAT YOU


 SOMEONE  DONATES.

FTFY
 
2013-11-06 02:32:28 PM

Funkyourdaughter: $20 says someone dumped a box of what they thought was trash into a Goodwill bin, and this is Goodwills FU back to them for thinking the donation containers were for trash


ding ding ding

WINNAR
 
2013-11-06 02:32:43 PM
CSB when I supervised college residence halls, at the end of every year I would spot personal info in the trash cans. Pay stubs. Debit cards. Often, student loan applications with parents' entire financial info attached-- SSNs, employers, salaries, accounts, etc. Just sitting on top of the trash for all to see. Or take.

People are sloppy stupid.

I took what I found and shredded it. Considered mailing it back to the student/parents as a final teachable moment, but there's way too much work to do that time of year.

/current apt has two wood-burning stoves. I call 'em my burn bags. Everything goes in and, come fall, goes up on the first chilly day.
 
2013-11-06 02:58:43 PM

Mr. Breeze: SpectroBoy: pizen: Don't donate personal paperwork to Goodwill. Problem solved.

Came here to say this.

They can only sell WHAT YOU

 SOMEONE  DONATES.

FTFY


And by allowing someone else to donate it, you donated it. Seriously, random strangers don't come into your house and donate stuff. Family don't randomly donate your shiat if you make it clear to them not to do so, either. (Or at least, if you have family that ignores your wishes and you gave them a key, then didn't change the locks, it's your own fault.) And as for the moving company donated it, again your fault. You supervise them, and you don't tell the moving company to take stuff to Goodwill for you without being damned sure they got the right stuff.

So the long and the short of it is, IT IS YOUR OWN FAULT, and you effectively donated it yourself through your own negligence.
 
2013-11-06 03:36:08 PM
Around our office, that's kind of the thought. Sure, staff will now be more stringent about looking through everything that people donate. Sure, they'll take more steps to make certain that what's donated has no personal information but maybe, just maybe, you shouldn't donate personal information -- yours or anyone else?

What the story doesn't cover is digital information. Was any found on any sold computers, did they even look, or were sold systems wiped clean? At my office we do refurb and sell old computers, and those get cleaned no matter where they come from. Sure, NSA levels of HD recovery could get them back, but that's a lot to go through for an old desktop.

Also, if members of Indianapolis Police staff donated personal info (or police info!) to Goodwill maybe they should be under investigation?
 
2013-11-06 04:09:01 PM

gweilo8888: Mr. Breeze: SpectroBoy: pizen: Don't donate personal paperwork to Goodwill. Problem solved.

Came here to say this.

They can only sell WHAT YOU

 SOMEONE  DONATES.

FTFY

And by allowing someone else to donate it, you donated it. Seriously, random strangers don't come into your house and donate stuff. Family don't randomly donate your shiat if you make it clear to them not to do so, either. (Or at least, if you have family that ignores your wishes and you gave them a key, then didn't change the locks, it's your own fault.) And as for the moving company donated it, again your fault. You supervise them, and you don't tell the moving company to take stuff to Goodwill for you without being damned sure they got the right stuff.

So the long and the short of it is, IT IS YOUR OWN FAULT, and you effectively donated it yourself through your own negligence.


A landlord illegally evicted friends of mine and donated all of their stuff to the salvation army or goodwill, so yes, strangers do donate your stuff without your permission.
 
2013-11-06 04:57:22 PM
Stop supporting Goodwill.  They suck.
 
2013-11-06 05:01:10 PM

DuudeStanky: A landlord illegally evicted friends of mine and donated all of their stuff to the salvation army or goodwill, so yes, strangers do donate your stuff without your permission.


And I'm sure they were great tenants. All the best landlords illegally evict great tenants, so they can get bad tenants. And the illegally evicted never have the police intervene when they were evicted for doing nothing wrong.

/most likely, your friends brought it on themselves, and didn't go to the cops because of what the cops would've found out
//in which case, again, they donated their own shiat
 
2013-11-06 05:03:42 PM

gweilo8888: DuudeStanky: A landlord illegally evicted friends of mine and donated all of their stuff to the salvation army or goodwill, so yes, strangers do donate your stuff without your permission.

And I'm sure they were great tenants. All the best landlords illegally evict great tenants, so they can get bad tenants. And the illegally evicted never have the police intervene when they were evicted for doing nothing wrong.

/most likely, your friends brought it on themselves, and didn't go to the cops because of what the cops would've found out
//in which case, again, they donated their own shiat


They went on vacation for July and August, prepaying for both months. Landlord forgot or whatever, issued their notice and evicted them while they were gone. Their stuff was in storage but was sent to goodwill afterward
 
2013-11-06 08:43:57 PM

DuudeStanky: They went on vacation for July and August, prepaying for both months. Landlord forgot or whatever, issued their notice and evicted them while they were gone. Their stuff was in storage but was sent to goodwill afterward


Do. Not. Believe.

/good story though
 
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