People Shred Away Their 2019 Problems In Times Square

Kristie Keleshian
December 28, 2019 - 4:06 pm
Good Riddance Day

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Saturday was the 13th annual Good Riddance Day in Times Square—a day just before New Year’s Eve when participants can literally shred their problems from the year away.

Participates write down on a piece of paper what they’d like to forget about from 2019 and shred it.

“100 pounds of bank statements, credit card statements, tax returns,” Steve Sherman said.

“The whole of 2019. The whole year,” Reese from London said.

Participants can bring bags and suitcases full of any papers and documents they’d like to dump out to be shredded later.

“Whatever it is. Here’s a chance to viscerally say goodbye to it and get a new start,” said Tim Tompkins, the president of the Times Square Alliance.

For Josemaria Luque from Ecuador, it was a day to shred away his battles with eating disorders in 2019.

“I want to move the people’s hearts and I want to be a model for people who are struggling with eating disorders,” Luque said.

Tom Gomez from Manhattan brought his 23-year-old son Moses’ medical bills. His son, who has autism, has been in and out of hospitals for most of the decade.

“I’m happy because he’s making progress. I promised him you’re not going to go to no more hospitals,” Gomez said.

Just a few feet from the shredder is a table, where participants can write their wishes for the New Year on pieces of confetti that will rain down on Times Square at midnight during the 2020 ball drop.