Yesterday Gap Inc. sent my fiance a package that was surprisingly heavy. It was supposed to be a tie from Banana Republic that he needs for our wedding; instead it contained three packets of confidential employee information, including original W-4 tax forms, hand-written resignation letters, performance reviews, and all kinds of legal notices.
So now we have in our house the Social Security numbers of over 20 former gap employees.
Here’s the crazier part: this is the second time in three months that confidential employment and financial information has accidentally been sent to us. Two months ago an Ivy League univeristy mixed up some letters and sent us the employment records for a new professor. They meant to send my fiancé the final documents about his new post-doctoral position.
I believe both of these cases were accidents, but that doesn’t make it any less scary.