Tons & Tons of porn

  WhiteTruckMan 21:52 10 Jun 09
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Now that I've got your attention, please bear with me.

Its been a funny old day. Busy all day, took a tractor unit & trailer for mot (passed) and been hauling waste paper. A lot of waste paper. 110 tons of the stuff actually, which isnt bad going.

Same routine every time, go to the papermill, open the curtains and stand back while a couple of guys with really big clamp trucks (like fork trucks but with big clamps instead of forks) grabbed the tightly baled paper and took it away. Except that it always comes dropping out of the bales. Once empty, jump up onto the trailer and brush off with large broom onto the ground, then close the curtain, collect paperwork and off.

Now here's the thing. I'm seeing some pretty unbelieveable things in the waste. Used cheques. Bank statements. NHS Medical records, things like patient notes from wards. Lists of medications for patients. Things that look like tax reciepts etc.

Nothing shredded. Just baled up for waste. And not in small quantities either. I didnt pick anything up, but I wish I had taken some pics with my phone so I could actually prove it.

But it seems to make a mockery of data protection acts. And of our efforts to keep our personal details private to prevent identity theft.

I can say 2 things with confidence though. 1-these were all done by large (dis)organisations, and 2-they came from more than one source.


And the porn? Load number three of the day. 27,420kg of the stuff. All bound for the pulper, to be turned into newsprint for the red tops. Or toilet paper.

Not much difference really, is there?

WTM

  Autoschediastic 22:35 10 Jun 09

WTM LOOL very funny!!

Not sure if some of the boys will see the funny side thou...

Good thread

  OTT_Buzzard 23:00 10 Jun 09

is it worth asking where you picked it up from? mean, did the pick u pont give any indication as to load?

  newman35 23:03 10 Jun 09

Caught the end of an interview on TV this morning, a guy has just written a book about motorways in the UK, history etc.
I'm sure he said that waste paper plays a part in the tarmac production, and said there were thousands of Mills & Boon novels shredded for use on the M4 (or maybe M5). Never realised shredded paper was used in that way - learn something every day!

  jakimo 23:20 10 Jun 09

Some years ago every now and then the staff & I would have a late night at the office,and would end up at the local before going home,this usually turned into a lock in,and go on into the early hours,around midnight two of the local CID officers would come in with some porn they had confiscated (usually Scandinavian)during the day,it was some very nasty stuff,but the landlord seemed to enjoy it as the officers never had to pay for any drinks

  Forum Editor 23:27 10 Jun 09

that some of the paper comes from local authorities, and is what householders throw in their recycle bins. They probably throw away tax receipts too.

Used cheques are not really an increased threat to anyone's security, every time you pay someone by cheque you provide them with your bank account number, your sort code, and your signature.

NHS patient records should certainly be shredded before disposal.

We hear lots of stories like this, and of course any organisation which processes personal data has a legal obligation to take reasonable steps to protect it, but so do we, the owners of the data. I see many instances of ordinary people being extremely careless with their personal information, and no doubt some of them would be the first to level criticism at any organisation which carelessly exposed private records to the possibility of misuse.

We're living in an information-rich society, computers and the internet have seen to it that most of us are listed on lots of databases, often without our knowledge - vigilance has never been so important, yet millions of us seem oblivious to the risks.

  mrwoowoo 00:18 11 Jun 09

I work in paper mill and some of the things that arrive in the waste paper is a bit strange but obviously explainable.
As the waste paper supplier is paid per ton,they have their little tricks to up the tonnage and thus up the anti.
On one occasion we have had to shut a pulper to remove a car engine.Several other times large lumps of concrete have had to be removed.
Another very common trick is to hose down the waste paper just prior to delivery.
The lads over at stock prep regularly collect over £10.00 a shift in loose change.Plenty of new books and mags as well.
One lad collected dozens of Kerry catona's autobiography(all brand new) and put them on Ebay.
He got a shock when the publishers contacted him with a view to sue though as the books hadn't been released to the general public at the time.
I believe he had to hand them all in.

  mrwoowoo 00:24 11 Jun 09

"I believe he had to hand them all in."
Actually,the police arrived at his house and kindly removed them from his garage for him.

  babybell 09:30 11 Jun 09

Indeed you are correct. Surface Courses such as SMA (Stone Mastic Asphalt) and other Proprietary Thin Surface Courses do contain shredded paper during the mixing of stone and bitumen to give the mix fibres to strengthen the bond and also retain flexability.

  jack 09:59 11 Jun 09

With the 'Blow In' variety of insulation?
This too is treated recovered paper

Just think,- sitting all snug and warm surrounded by 'Porn' whilst watching - Footie or Paxo ;-}

  JanetO 10:37 11 Jun 09

..Used cheques are not really an increased threat to anyone's security, every time you pay someone by cheque you provide them with your bank account number, your sort code, and your signature...


In the 90's a courier stole our business post which used to be left 2 floors down on top of a radiator in the entrance. The post was from our bank which included old cheques. He managed to obtain a new cheque book in our company name and withdrew £10,000 before we were alerted soley because our overdraft facility had been reached. The bank alerted the police and caught him trying to withdraw another £5,000. He would have got away with it but got too greedy.

That is the irony in which we now find ourselves in this economic climate now. People get too greedy.

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