A couple whose PC was repaired by a Best Buy was told their old hard drive would be destroyed, but instead it turned up at a flea-market:
"He said, 'My name is Ed. I just bought your hard drive for $25 at a flea market in Chicago,'" said Gerbus. "I thought my world was coming down."Link (via Digg)
Gerbus and his wife had good reason to worry.
A total stranger had access to the couple's personal information, including Social Security numbers, bank statements and investment records.