Residents of the Big City got chance to get rid of all unnecessary annoying stuff, resembling them of unpleasant moments of 2009.They brought all their unwanted memories to Times Square Monday and put them in a shredder.
"Good Riddance Day" is a chance to say good-bye to all the bad things that happened this year, like annoying boyfriends, bad financial decisions and heartbreaking sports teams.
Rama Mandel, 45, of the Bronx, came with homemade cards listing attributes she's hoping to lose next year: procrastination, resentment and fear.
"I can't wait to do that, to let go," she said. "I think words are very powerful and just focusing on a word and physically letting it go means something for me."
A woman named Judy shredded her lease agreement and other financial documents, hoping to move on from the economic troubles of the past year.
"It's really fun," she said, declining to give her last name. "The crunching sound is satisfying."
Tim Perkins, director of the Times Square Alliance, which hosts the annual event, called it a healthy experience to say good-bye to everything that bugged you in the past year.
"It's out with the old and out with the bad and in with the new," Perkins said. "This is part of the cleansing that's necessary for the new year."
New York Daily News has contributed to the report.
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