Pre-New Year’s Eve, bad memories shredded in Times Square

NEW YORK (AP) – Over 100 Times Square visitors have deposited bad memories into a portable shredder to prepare for 2016 as workers build stages for the New Year’s Eve festivities.

The ninth annual “Good Riddance Day” enabled people to symbolically toss away their worst fears Monday.

Among dozens who lined up outdoors was Maureen Dexter of Wenatchee, Washington. She shredded pictures of herself before she lost 75 pounds.

While some people got rid of documents, others smashed such items as a laptop and a pill bottle.

People nearby were encouraged to write wishes for the new year on confetti to be dropped over crowds at midnight Thursday.

Those making deposits in the “New Year’s Eve Wishing Well” varied widely in their desires.

Some sought love, others fortune and some world peace. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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