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Cintas Announces Winners of Good Riddance Day Contest.

CINCINNATI -- Cintas Corporation today announced the winners of the second annual Good Riddance Day Contest. Kathleen Selman of Tampa, Fla., won the individual prize package and Barrington Research Associates in Chicago won the business prize package. As the individual prize package winner, Kathleen will receive a five-night trip to New York City for Good Riddance Day on Dec. 28, and designation as the first to say "good riddance" to her worries or bad memories from 2011. Barrington Research Associates won an office organization package.

An annual event that takes place in Times Square in the days leading up to New Year's Eve, Good Riddance Day brings hundreds of people together to shed, and shred, their worst memories of 2011 and enter the New Year with a clean slate. This year, hundreds of people and businesses across the nation submitted brief descriptions of a 2011 memory or experience they would like to say "good riddance" to heading into the New Year. After receiving more than 600 entries, Cintas Document Management selected the winners.

Kathleen won the contest for a chance to say "good riddance" to long military deployments so her family of five children can see their father and uncle more often and celebrate the holidays together. With two close family members serving as active-duty members in the U.S. Army, Kathleen and her children have learned to cherish time together as a family. Taking part in her community, Kathleen fosters underage kittens for the Humane Society, volunteers with the Children's Home and the Boy Scouts of America. Both her husband and brother enjoy helping their community when they're home, and with long deployments, they aren't able to contribute as often as they'd like.

"It's been a long journey with two family members active in the military and shredding a copy of a deployment order symbolizes our resilience as a family, " Kathleen Selman said. "My husband and I are excited to celebrate our anniversary on Dec. 31 in New York City and start 2012 with each other."

Barrington Research Associates entered the contest after more than 28 years of old documents, since the inception of the Chicago based business, began to overwhelm the office. The business is still mostly paper based and was forced to use an extra office to store the overflow of documents. Barrington Research Associates is ready to say "good riddance" to outdated and unnecessary files and get organized for 2012.

"Our company has grown significantly in the last few years and with increased business and employees, we're completely out of storage space," said Marietta Coles, Accounting and Human Resources Manager, Barrington Research Associates. "We're thrilled to receive the office organization package, and a Cintas SmartShred[TM] event will allow us to dispose of numerous outdated documents in a safe and secure manner and start 2012 on the right foot."

As the grand prize individual winner, Kathleen will receive:

* Two roundtrip airfare tickets

* Five-night stay at Wyndham Garden Hotel - Times Square South

* Two VIP passes to an exclusive pre-viewing of the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball on Dec. 30

* Designation as the official "First to Shred" at Good Riddance Day 2011

* Two tickets to Madame Tussauds New York

* Two tickets to the hit Broadway shows Godspell and Rock of Ages as well as Off-Broadway's Freud's Last Session

* Ticket package to Ripley's Believe it or Not!

* Ticket package to experience THE RIDE

* Ticket package to Discovery Times Square

* Dinner for two at Dave & Busters and Planet Hollywood

As the grand prize business winner, Barrington Research Associates will receive:

* A $1,000 gift card to an office supply store

* A free office SmartShred[TM] event with an official Cintas truck on site

* Breakfast and lunch for the entire staff on the day of the event

"Both winners are very deserving, and we are excited to award the grand prizes," said Karen Carnahan, President and COO, Cintas Document Management. "From old credit card bills to parking tickets, consumers can say 'good riddance' to their worst memories of 2011 and rest assured knowing they have been safely destroyed using our secure mobile shredding unit."

For this annual New Year's tradition, Cintas is providing one of its secure, mobile shredding trucks in Times Square for the public to shred all their bad memories from 2011. Participants can bring anything from a picture of an old flame to a pink slip or a paid-off car loan.

Cintas teamed up with the co-organizers of New Year's Eve in Times Square, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, to invite the public to say good riddance, once and for all, to the bad memories of 2011. The event will take place on Dec. 28th, on the Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets from noon to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public to discard any unpleasant, embarrassing or downright depressing memories from 2011.

To learn more about the event and follow live updates, please visit www.cintas.com/goodriddanceday.

For more information on Cintas' document management programs, please visit www.cintas.com/documentmanagement.

For more information on Times Square New Year's Eve, please visit www.timessquarenyc.org.

About Cintas Corporation

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 900,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

About Times Square New Year's Eve

The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are the organizers of Times Square New Year's Eve. The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square so that it retains the energy, edge and distinctiveness that have made it an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life. Countdown Entertainment, which represents the owners of One Times Square, and the New Year's Eve Ball, is a marketing management and event production company specializing in the Times Square area.
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