Reporter stumbles into pretty good story -

Reporter stumbles into pretty good story

No, I'm not talking about myself, although that does happen from time to time.

I'm talking about Heather Cole, reporter for Missouri Lawyers Weekly. She was walking to grab a bite of lunch last Friday near her downtown office when she noticed papers blowing in the wind. She also noticed nearly a dozen large, plastic bins with no lids full of papers outside Macy's. What was this?

Turns out they were old papers waiting to be hauled away and shredded but days before that happened, the papers were just sitting outside... dozens of them blowing onto the sidewalk and into the street.

Cole picked up a bunch of them and found internal memos, spread sheets, old customer account numbers (but no names with them). And how's this for irony?... She even has a document (with a nice tire tread mark on it) that talks about protecting customers' privacy. Wow.

I called a Macy's P.R. spokesperson for comment this afternoon but no one called back. That's okay. A Macy's lawyer did respond to Cole's story. She says Macy's was appreciative of the heads-up about the stray papers. The lawyer told her if they had it to do over again, they would have gotten bins with covers.


Heather Cole's comprehensive cover story called, "Privacy Trashed," in Missouri Lawyers Weekly will be available at the World News newsstand in Clayton on Monday as well as the weekly paper's office at 319 N. Fourth Street on the 5th floor.

The president and publisher of the paper would love for me to also tell you Missouri Lawyers Weekly is Missouri's only statewide newspaper dedicated to coverage of law, the legal profession and the justice system.

Hey, they let us break their cover story. It's the least I can do.

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