The intensity of the Pueblo sun was no match for the giant shredding machine outside the Sam’s Club Friday, which drew a number of people willing to beat the heat to rid themselves of old documents.
The shredding machine made a loud whine as it cross-shredded old bank statements, tax returns, and countless receipts.
Shredding old documents is an important way to protect yourself from identity theft.
"Very important. It's a lot of old bills and important documents that have important information,” said one Pueblo resident.
"Another real positive of this event is that small donations are collected from these folks. All the money that's collected is going to posada and srda, supporting the seniors’ meals on wheels program. So the good news... They're going to get a big chunk of change and it stays right here in Pueblo,” said Howard Absetz from Mobile Record Shredders.
In all, 9,000 pounds of documents were shredded Friday.
Friday’s event was sponsored by KKTV’s partners, Mobile Record Shredders and the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado. We’ll sponsor another Letter Rip event in Colorado Springs next May.