October 2011, Week 3


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Sun, 16 Oct 2011 23:50:58 -0400
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BofA Says You Can't Be Both a Protester and a Customer 
By: Teddy Partridge 
October 16, 2011

If you want to close your Bank of America account, you
mustn't come from an #Occupy protest carrying your
protest signs and wearing your protest-y clothing. "You
can't be a customer and a protester" this manager of the
Santa Cruz branch of Bank of America tells customers in
good standing. These Bank of America customers came from
their local #OccupySantaCruz march to close their BofA
accounts. No signage, no protesting, no cameras - any of
these make you a protester, not a customer.

And you can't be both, apparently.

Because, you know, real Bank of America customers would
never protest Bank of America. Or something.

So, Bank of America customers must choose: are you part
of the 1% or are you not? Do you protest the Bank of
America fees, charges, user fees, payments, debit card
fees, service charges, account fees and extra charges
for accessing your own money? Or are you a customer?

Because it appears that the Venn diagram of BofA
customer and BofA protester has absolutely no overlap.
You can be a customer, or you can be a protester. But
you can't be both.

You can see what you need to do. Protest, or custom?
Which of these of yours does Bank of America deserve?
Does Bank of America get your custom? Or does the bank
get your protest? Because their corporate headquarters
is telling their branch managers, and their branch
managers are telling their customers/protesters: you
can't be both.

So, choose. Which one are you?

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