Confetti at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade contained police secrets

by SABRINA FORD, KAYLEE OSOWSKI and DAN MACLEOD, New York Post  |  published on November 25, 2012


Charlie Brown wasn’t the biggest loser at this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Shredded police documents containing Social Security numbers, names of detectives and even a mention of Mitt Romney’s Long Island motorcade rained down on revelers as part of the confetti used for the Macy’s extravaganza.

Some of the material from the Nassau County Police Department remained scattered yesterday near Central Park West and West 65th Street — even as the department vowed a thorough investigation.

Paradegoer Ethan Finkelstein, of Manhattan, was amazed to find the information flying around.

“A friend of a friend was standing in front of me, and she had a big piece of confetti on her coat. She saw it had something on it, and we read it said SSN, like Social Security number,” said the 18-year-old Tufts University freshman.

“We started picking all the confetti up, and it had all kinds of stuff — birth dates, addresses, account information.

“I don’t know where it came from. All of a sudden it was everywhere!” said Finkelstein, who takes in the parade annually with his family.

“At first I thought it might be documents from Macy’s employees until I saw that there were detectives’ names and information about crimes in there. This is really shocking!”

It wasn’t immediately clear how the files wound up as confetti.

One strip says “NCPD” — referring to the Nassau County Police Department. Another lists phone numbers and apparent Social Security numbers of detectives.

Another appears to list assignments given to cops — showing detectives’ names and their phone numbers. One reads “Romney Motorcade,” which could refer to Romney’s appearance at the presidential debate on Long Island.

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