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FIGHT THE STIGMA!

FIGHT THE STIGMA!
Rosemary Reeves, Blogger, standing on Philadelphia Skyline

Oct 17, 2011

Citibank Gives Gift of Jail to Customers Who Close Accounts

by Rosemary Reeves

Citibank had its own customers arrested yesterday for trying to close their accounts.   Watch this unbelievable video of Occupy Wall Street protesters who peacefully entered Citibank for the purpose of closing their accounts.  They are locked in the bank while police are called.  When the police arrive, what do they do?  They arrest them!  One woman who had managed to slip away before the lock down was stopped by police as she tried to walk away.  She showed the police her bank slips and told them, "I am a customer."  


A policeman responded, "You were inside."  Then he detained and arrested her.  This is a dark day for America. 


Why aren't the Citibank officials being arrested instead for stealing?  The bank is keeping money that belongs to those people.  It is their money.  Where I come from, that is called theft.  


On the Citibank website, the headline is "When I heard a Citibank checking relationship could come with a gift, I was delighted."  Here is a tip for Citibank officials -  

AN ARREST RECORD AND GETTING FINGERPRINTED DOES NOT MAKE A DELIGHTFUL GIFT.  LOCKING CUSTOMERS IN THE BANK AND STEALING THEIR MONEY DOES NOT MAKE A DELIGHTFUL GIFT. 


Citibank may want to reconsider its marketing strategy now.  For instance,


"Rewarding Banking" should be changed to "We're innovative.  We put the lock down in banking."

"Keep it Simple" should be changed to "It's simple.  We keep your money."

"Your business at work" should be changed to "Your account with us is none of your business."

"Experience freedom" should be changed to "Experience Freedom - our freedom, that is.  Not yours."


Personally I think if you have an account at any other bank, it would be a mistake to close it.  We must keep money in our banking system for the sake of an already weak economy.  Shutting down all of our banks would be catastrophic.  There are good banks out there that are run well and that respect their customers.  Do business with them. 


On a more encouraging note, Heraldo Rivera was driven out by Occupy Wall Street protesters who chanted, "Fox News Lies!"  Heraldo and his crew were shouted down and they shut off their cameras and microphones to make a humiliating exit, to cheers from the crowd.  The whole thing was caught on video.

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