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Passerby finds hundreds of documents with personal info in dumpster

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You wouldn't leave your Social Security number or a canceled check just laying around, but someone did, and it could have cost hundreds of people big time.

A sign we found in the dumpster near 23rd Avenue and Northern read "Keep your weights orderly." Well, one company may not have kept their records orderly, leaving hundreds of people's personal information vulnerable.

Preston Brooker was walking his dog when he saw a dumpster overflowing with papers in an old LA Fitness parking lot.

When he looked closer, he saw they weren't your average photocopies. They were old gym memberships, with credit card information, Social Security numbers, addresses and other info.

"This is a violation of someone's trust," said Brooker.

And Brooker should know. He's had his identity stolen before.

The memberships are for local gym Fitness 1, dating back to the late 90s and early 2000s. So we called them up.

"We sold the location, we sold the contracts, the membership, and they've had it since 2000," said Richard Bellah, the former attorney for Fitness 1. He said they sold one of their locations and some memberships to LA Fitness and that LA Fitness likely stored the contracts here because this used to be their corporate headquarters. LA Fitness recently cleaned up house and moved up the road.

"I think it's pretty callous and appalling to put membership documents out there with names and socials," Bellah said.

Fitness 1 maintains they had nothing to do with the dumping of these documents, but we can't say the same yet for LA Fitness. We spotted an employee checking out the dumpster after the documents had been taken, but he told us we have to go through their corporate office to ask questions. We still haven't heard back from LA Fitness' corporate office. As far as the documents, Bellah packed them up and said he would shred them or bury them at the dump.

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