So, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a yearly tradition of well-crafted, oversized floats and terrible, banal news commentary. They also have confetti. Lots and lots of confetti. Well, turns out, some of that shredded paper was from police files. Like, stuff that wasn’t in the public domain.
Local New York news outlet WPIX reported that paradegoers, in messing around with the confetti that had fallen near them, had found pieces of confetti with “SSN” on them, and numbers that looked like, well, an SSN.
The group of friends got concerned, thinking something might be up, and so they started picking up a lot of the confetti. Within the shreds they found a treasure trove of confidential information. They found phone numbers, addresses, and police incident reports. One of which had this gem:
At 4:30 A.M. a pipe bomb was thrown at a house in the Kings Grant.
That’s, uh… in the Thanksgiving spirit. Oh, yeah, and some undercover detectives got outed by the confetti. Whoops.
In looking closer, they found that the documents had been created, and then shredded, by the Nassau Police Department. Clearly, they should probably invest in an incinerator. They’re at least starting an investigation.
Macy’s for their part says they use “multicolor confetti, not shredded paper.” So no one really knows where the paper came from. Hrm.
Question: What do you think happened?