Pastor Franklin Clark made a surprising discovery when he went out to the dumpster behind his church. Inside were boxes and boxes of customer files from a home improvement company. The files included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, bank accounts and credit histories.
It appears that the company went out of business and left them in their old office space. The owner of the building says he took them to be shredded at a shredding event. The story is very suspicious as everything at a shredding event is done at the location in front of the person. There is also a limit on free shredding and he would have been over it. He must of known he was doing the wrong thing because he took the time to dump them at the church.
This is just another example of a business going bankrupt and the customers getting left out to dry by the property owner. The good news is officials are starting to take notice. A bill has been introduced in California to make it easier to shred information from companies that go out of business.