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Thursday, April 30, 2009 05:09 pm

BETTER OFF SHRED

Devron Ohrn, a law enforcement official, doesn’t think a Springfield Liberty Tax Service store broke any laws when they tossed documents containing sensitive personal information of his and several others [See Dusty Rhodes, “Fresh Ink,” April 19]. Jenna Shellenberg, a sales professional with Cintas Document Management, disagrees.

“He is very wrong,” she says. “If someone’s identity was stolen and it was traced back to Liberty, they’d be liable.”

On the flipside, if dumpster diving crooks were to obtain your identity by sifting through your personal refuse, you’d have no one to blame but yourself. In response to Rhodes’ column, Cintas organized a community shred-a-thon in partnership with the MacArthur Boulevard Business Association andIllinois Times to take place on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the east parking lot behind IT’s offices at 1320 South State St.

Cintas will shred up to 10 boxes of documents free of charge. Ordinarily, the company charges about $100 for the service. However, Shellenberg says, “The value of it comes from the peace of mind you get.”

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