A CBS Atlanta News viewer contacted us on Thursday after noticing thousands of pieces of mail scattered along the interstate.
Following the call, CBS Atlanta News Reporter Adam Murphy went out to check it out.
"Here's a note from Wells Fargo, important vehicle information enclosed," Murphy said.
The mail was scattered along the Interstate 285 East ramp at spaghetti junction in DeKalb County.
"That shouldn't happen because that's people's personal business and somebody could go out there and identify themselves as you," driver Lavern Lynn said.
We found mail from banks, credit card companies and car dealerships on the side of the road.
"Does anything there say Lavern Lynn?" Lynn asked.
We didn't see anything belonging to Lavern, but we did find what could be considered sensitive information belonging to another woman, so CBS Atlanta went to her home to inform her about our findings.
"Do you know Kimberly Worth?" Murphy asked.
"Yes, that's my daughter," homeowner Ron Worth said.
"We found a piece of mail here for her and it looks like it's a notice or maybe even a payment from a particular company. Does this concern you?" Murphy asked.
"Of course it does because normally I take all this and shred it," Worth said.
Worth said he had never seen the mail which we found on the interstate and has no idea why it was lying on the side of the road.
"I'd hate for it to mess up her credit or anything like that from somebody else getting it and taking these numbers and doing something with it," Worth said.
CBS Atlanta News contacted the postal service about the mail on the freeway and they sent workers out to clean it up. They also said it was business bulk mail in the hands of a contractor when it was dumped. A USPS spokesperson also said the mail should not contain sensitive information, just people's names and addresses.
"Somebody definitely needs to be held responsible for that. They need to figure out who is over the routes or whatever the case may be, but that definitely needs to be alleviated," driver Erin Robinson said.
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