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A September 2, 2014 lesson on why one does not leave sensitive material lying about in the recycle box of a public xerox machine


Dear Ms./Sir,

I was collecting some copies on September 2, 2014 in the South Commons when my eyes caught a handwritten note staring up at me: “You are probably wondering why you have a message from me and I understand it has been years since we have spoken but there is something that has been weighing heavy on my mind for quite some time. …”

It goes on for a page-and-a-half, and never reveals the writer’s gender or that person’s indiscretion for which s/he is writing a long-overdue apology. I think it is a draft email, and I hope that it is received and processed as it should be.

But I am not sure that the anonymous writer should leave such drafts out in a public place? Tear it into pieces and recycle it into a blue bin to shield your pain. Good luck.


Alan Ruffman, P.Geo.


Geomarine Associates Ltd.


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