New Yorkers bid farewell to the negatives of 2010 on annual Good Riddance Day in Times Square
New Yorkers tossed the bad memories of 2010 into a shredder Tuesday, hoping for better luck in the new year.
The fed-up and furious bade farewell to bedbugs, unemployment, lousy
lovers and a plethora of pet peeves at the annual Good Riddance Day
shredding event in Times Square.
"New year, new life," said Brooklyn accountant Dafina Simmonds, who
wrote forget-you notes to "all the haters, fake friends and bad
Simmonds was among the dozens to write down the regrets they
preferred to leave in 2010 and then throw them into a
document-shredding truck provided by Cintas Corp.
Lori Raimondo, vice president of marketing for the Times Square
Alliance, said the year-ending exercise was a satisfying way to "go
into 2011 with a fresh start."
Omar Lopez-Cepero and Andrew Call, two cast members from the
Broadway show "American Idiot," participated by shredding the
military's just-repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
They dumped a sign reading "DADT" into a huge trash bin, which was lifted into the shredder truck.
"We are going to shred this wonderful little sign in memorandum of
this long-overdue problem," Call said before the truck did its work.