Man Orders Tie, Gets Personnel Records Instead
Banana Republic has a mailing miscue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 22, 2013 11:01 AM CDT
A shopper carries a Banana Republic bag in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – With a little more than two weeks to go before their wedding, Emily Dreyfuss' fiance ordered a tie and pocket square from Banana Republic's website to go with his Navy blue suit. What the couple got in the mail instead this week would make an identity thief giddy: the confidential files of about 20 former employees, including Social Security numbers and W4 tax forms. "People should know about this because it's crazy and scary," said Dreyfuss, 29, from her home in Cambridge, Mass.

Inside the box were three folders sealed with tape and labeled "HR Administration." They contained tax and Social Security information as well as handwritten resignation letters, doctors' notes, and salary information—seemingly the employees' entire record at the company. Parent company the Gap says it is investigating how on earth the mistake might have happened. It's also sending the couple a self-addressed, stamped envelope to return the documents.

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Jun 23, 2013 6:05 PM CDT
Maybe the NSA got their wires crossed, intending to sell that information to a telemarketing company in Nigeria to pay for Obama's visit to Africa. Talk about "falling into the Gap !
Jun 22, 2013 2:46 PM CDT
I imagine HR was euqally puzzled when they got a tie and pocket square instead of personnel records they were expecting. Bet somebody thought it was a joke.
Jun 22, 2013 12:22 PM CDT
They're sending stamped, self addressed envelopes???? This guy has personnel records and BR isn't motivated to send a PERSON directly to his home to get those files in their hands to protect them. Or at least a same day FedEx pickup? That reaction speaks volumes.