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Chesterfield mom 'disgusted' after personal, financial info found in dumpster

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A Chesterfield mom is fighting mad after learning her family's personal information is discovered, tossed away, near a trash can.

Her credit card numbers and her child's social security number was discovered outside their taekwondo instructor's business. It is located in the Arch Village shopping center off Midlothian Turnpike.

We are told more than 30 folders were discovered in the back of the business near a dumpster.

Ultimate Champions Taekwondo is kicking off it's grand opening on the wrong foot. Head instructor Joshua Kim initially tried to avoid our cameras after we started asking questions about the recent document dump.

"One of my students was trying to help out the school in cleaning up," said Kim. "And they took files and threw them in the trash can."

Those files, containing personal information, ended up on the ground.

"I was like oh my goodness," said Cathy who claims she made the discovery. "Social security numbers. Bank and credit card information. I was floored."

"Are you apologetic to the parents?," we asked Kim.

"I am apologetic," replied Kim. "It's a very interesting situation that has never happened in the 7 years the school has been in operation."

More than 100 students attend classes at Ultimate Champions Taekwondo. Police immediately notified current and former parents.

"I was disgusted," said a concerned parent who did not want to be identified. "Very disgusted. I couldn't believe it. I'm angry with him right now. He's a very irresponsible business owner."

We contacted the Better Business Bureau.

"Could the rating of a business be impacted by something like this," we asked BBB president Tom Gallagher.

"I'd have to take a look at that situation," replied Gallagher. "But our standards say that you need to be safeguarding your customers information."

Gallagher also had a tip for parents.

"If it's the social security numbers. If it's the date of birth," said Gallagher. "I wouldn't be giving out that information about my kids. And you know something...you don't have to."

We are told at least 3 parents were directly impacted by the document discovery. Police would only confirm that they took an information report.

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