Monday, October 17, 2011
Two Bank of America account holders walked into a Santa Cruz, CA Bank of America branch to close their accounts as part of the national protest against corporate greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street.
How did the local Bank of America respond? The account holders were told they could not be an Occupy Santa Cruz protester and a bank customer at the same time.
The bank manager threatened to lock the doors and call the police to have the bank customers arrested for the simple act of requesting the closure of their own accounts. The two women left the bank and called the police. The officer went into the bank and after talking to the manager, relayed a message to them.
According to the bank mobster, “If they came in with signs and they were part of the protest earlier, then they are protesters and cannot be customers at the same time.”
You see, in Bank of America’s world, your First Amendment rights must be checked at the door.