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

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Bad Memories from 2015 Disappear in an Instant

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.

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Allison Hagendorf, left, host of Good Riddance Day, laughs as Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, shreds a photo of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 in New York's Times Square. In the annual celebration, people are invited to destroy any unpleasant, embarrassing and downright forgettable memories from 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Carlita Gibson, of New York City, holds a sheet of paper listing items she would like to shred and forget during a Good Riddance Day celebration, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 in New York's Times Square. In the annual celebration, people are invited to destroy any unpleasant, embarrassing and downright forgettable memories from 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Maureen Dexter, of Wenatchee, Wash., shreds a photo of herself during a Good Riddance Day celebration, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 in New York's Times Square. In the annual celebration, people are invited to destroy any unpleasant, embarrassing and downright forgettable memories from 2015. Dexter says she changed her diet, began exercising, and lost 75 pounds in 2015. "I'm a new person," she said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square - Good Riddance Day at Times Square on December 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square - Good Riddance Day at Times Square on December 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square - Good Riddance Day at Times Square on December 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square - Good Riddance Day at Times Square on December 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square - Good Riddance Day at Times Square on December 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: Host Alison Hagendorf helps members of the public take part in the Good Riddance Day celebrations as part of the New Year's Eve 2016 run up in Times Square on December 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: Host Alison Hagendorf and Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins take part in the Good Riddance Day celebrations as part of the New Year's Eve 2016 run up in Times Square on December 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 28: New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square - Good Riddance Day at Times Square on December 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
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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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