Pre-New Year’s Eve, bad memories shredded in Times Square

Fireworks erupt after midnight in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in New York. Thousands braved the cold to watch the annual ball drop and ring in the new year. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Over 100 Times Square visitors have deposited bad memories into a portable shredder to prepare for 2016 as workers build stages for the New Year’s Eve festivities.

The ninth annual “Good Riddance Day” enabled people to symbolically toss away their worst fears Monday.

Among dozens who lined up outdoors was Maureen Dexter of Wenatchee, Washington. She shredded pictures of herself before she lost 75 pounds.

While some people got rid of documents, others smashed such items as a laptop and a pill bottle.

People nearby were encouraged to write wishes for the new year on confetti to be dropped over crowds at midnight Thursday.

Those making deposits in the “New Year’s Eve Wishing Well” varied widely in their desires.

Some sought love, others fortune and some world peace.

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