Popular restaurant under fire after dumpster discovery

Popular restaurant under fire after dumpster discovery

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - It was a startling surprise for neighbors who found papers containing social security numbers, bank accounts, and other personal information blowing across their yards over the weekend.
We did some digging, and found out the papers came from inside a dumpster at a popular nearby restaurant.
Frances Roberts lives across the street from Don Joses Mexican Restaurant in Wichita Falls.
On Sunday night she noticed a bunch of papers being blown into her yard.
    "I was picking papers up from my yard because they were blowing around from all over the place," Roberts said. "So I walked up, followed the trail and it was literally all over the place."
When she picked it up and saw what it was, she was concerned and alarmed.
She showed us what she found.
    "There were signed receipts, credit card, MasterCard, Visa, invoices, W2's, income tax stuff," Roberts said.
Along with social security numbers, routing numbers and checks from the restaurant.
Roberts said she got in touch with the restaurant immediately.
    "I told them that it was very careless and they responded back that they didn't appreciate me calling them careless and that they didn't do this purposefully or viciously," Roberts said.
We went to the restaurant.
They would not talk on camera, but a manager told us they were disposing equipment and old documents inside sealed bags in the bottom of the dumpster.
They believe the equipment caught thieves attention and lead to dumpster diving.
Don Jose's wants to re-assure customers and employees they have nothing to be concerned about.
Roberts worries about the employees and customers identity being stolen.
    "My 17-year-old daughter was thinking about going over and applying for a job because she is looking for a part time job," Robert said. "And there's no telling how many young kids identity probably just got stolen."
Don Jose's said they would like the documents back, but Roberts said she will dispose of them based on what the police and Better Business Bureau recommend so that they don't end up in the wrong hands or another dumpster.

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