Best Of Valentines Day: Shred Your Ex

Photo by Carlie Fox

We’ve all been there: constantly looking through old pictures of our past love, hoping that he or she will one day come riding over on his or her horse to sweep us off our feet and out into the sunset. But, let’s be honest here, you deserve better than that crummy kid who broke your heart.

What better way to get over your ex than to shred his picture in front of a bar full of ladies who support you in your decision to move on.

This past Valentines Day, in downtown State College, Primanti Brothers bar and grill decided to host the event “Shred Your Ex,” where you could bring an old photograph of your ex boyfriend or girlfriend and put it through a shredder for the whole bar to see. When Valley heard about this genius event, we knew we had to get the inside scoop on what it really felt like to “shred” your ex.

The bar was covered in anti-Valentine’s Day decorations, from black hearts with X’s strewn across them to “NO BOYS ALLOWED” signs. Primanti Brothers must of had a good feeling that the crowd would be mostly single ladies out with their girls, because the majority of the songs blasted across the room were female empowerment ballads and a lot of Beyonce.

A young woman approached the shredder, heels clinking against the floor as she had the utmost confidence in herself and what she was about to do.

“I’m shredding my ex because he sucks. This part of my life sucked,” she says when asked why she was so anxious to tear up his picture.

While most of the people shredding their exes did not want to be interviewed or share their stories, one man in particular had a lot to say at the bar. While what he said was jumbled do to his drunken speech, Valley could gather that his wife left him after she had lost a lot of weight and wanted to find someone better.

All of us at the bar cheered him on as he shredded her away.

While the night did mainly consist of college kids screaming and laughing about how much they hated their exes, there was one man who took pride in being with his wife for over forty years this Valentine’s Day. He began to serenade his wife, and then the two vanished out of the bar, holding only love in their hearts.

Valley wants you to know that whether you celebrated this past Valentine’s Day alone, with a significant other, or with your best friends, you owe it to yourself to let go of your past and begin a new chapter of your life.

You do not need to go to Primanti Brothers to shred away those awful memories. Next time you are at home and feeling nostalgic about that crummy boy, pull out that shredder or rip up the picture by yourself.

Just remember to reward yourself with lots of chocolate afterwards.