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Subject: Watch what you print labels on
Date Posted: 3/3/2009 9:04 AM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2009
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Being "green" is one thing, but this was a little creepy.  I carefully peeled the label off an envelope I wanted to reuse.  It had been printed on someone's arrest warrent, it looked like a copy. No name on that particular part of the page, but the date, the judge's name and even the bail that was set ($500,000).  Must have done something really bad.

Could have been someone working in the office, using scrap paper ready for the shredder.  Be careful!

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 9:07 AM ET
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That's a bit disturbing. I think I'd rather not know the story behind that arrest warrant.

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 9:49 AM ET
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I got one on someone's accounting stuff.  It looked like a sheet from a textbook or accounting homework.  I wonder if he got a zero for that assignment?  =p

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 10:21 AM ET
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Thanks for the warning. 

We keep used paper in our printer.  I do check what's on the reverse of the labels, but I do wonder what people might think about the contents.

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 10:38 AM ET
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I always use new label stickers (Avery half-sheet shipping labels) so it isn't a problem for me.  But I think you just gave me a new hobby... peeling off labels to see what they were printed on.  :)


Date Posted: 3/3/2009 12:17 PM ET
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I reuse bubble mailers I get from a friend who works at Cornell University. I've never really bothered to look at the old address labels before I put my PBS labels on top of them.

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 1:02 PM ET
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In high school my friend printed off something we were using for a project on the back of her sisters tax return.
Date Posted: 3/3/2009 1:30 PM ET
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I print on the back side of printer paper too.  I have 2 piles at home--one for "just for me" stuff--this has identifying information, usually my workplace info, client data, etc.  I only use that for printing stuff that does not leave my home, i.e., online payment confirmations that get printed and filed.  I have a 2nd pile that I use for my PBS labels.  It too is used, but the stuff on the back is not identifying or sensitive.  Copies of scientific journal articles, chromatograms, report separator pages that just list the section title (i.e., "results"), etc.

I had a string of books sent to me wrapped in old church bulletins, LOL!  The best was books wrapped in maps!  That was cool!

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 5:04 PM ET
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I got one of those books wrapped in a map, too--it was really neat, a huge geological survey map, really nice, thick paper. I actually kept it for awhile because it was so nifty looking, but I tossed it when we moved recently.


Date Posted: 3/4/2009 1:24 PM ET
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I like looking at the bags people wrap my books in. Whole foods, Food Giant, Giant Eagle, Apple...

We PBS'ers have strange hobbies. Do we not?


Date Posted: 3/4/2009 2:46 PM ET
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I actually checked to see if that was me. I work in a library, and I'll just take the top sheet from the scrap paper box without even looking at it. Almost anything can end up in there.

It wasn't me, though.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 3:37 PM ET
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Just for fun, maybe some of us should start printing "odd" things on the back of our labels, and see what happens?

Fictitious love letters between famous people, strange documents marked "SECRET", a page from a UFO owner's manual, things like that.  :D