Closing Your Bank of America Account is Now a Crime

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.

Watch It:

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9 Responses to Closing Your Bank of America Account is Now a Crime

  1. DMason says:

    When I drive to and from work, every local and regional bank and credit union I see have signs in the windows enticing you to come in and open a free checking account. There is no reason to put up with BofA’s bullshit. Now is the time to move your money, folks.

  2. Mets Fan says:

    A $5 debit card fee is costing them millions in lost accounts and negative PR.

    You have to ask? Is it worth it? Now, the hatred for Bank of America is almost total and even the U.S. Congress is getting involved. This bank must be run by the dumbest people on earth.

  3. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    These women need to contact the ACLU and bring a huge lawsuit against Bank of America.

    It’s clear, the branch manager tried to truncate their First Amendment rights. I wonder what’s next from BofA? Kidnapping? Murder? Where does it end?

    If it were me, I would tie them up in court and cost them dearly.

  4. Pechanga says:

    I heard a similar thing happened in Denver.

    Two activists showed up at a Bank of America branch, cut up their Visa debit cards and demanded the teller withdraw and close their accounts. The teller refused, called the manager and said the two miscreants were wearing “Occupy Wall Street” buttons, and therefor disrupting bank business.

  5. Randy Arroyo says:

    I hope there is a legal response from these women. I have to think lawyers are lined up at their front door ready and willing to take the case. BofA acted sheepishly and they keep digging a deeper hole for themselves with each one of these arrogant stunts.

  6. feminazi says:

    This is simply un-American. It’s your money and if you want to close your bank account and keep your money in a shoe box on a shelf in your bedroom a bank has no legal authority to prevent you from doing so. As for the customers closing their accounts carrying signage — too bad. It’s my understanding Santa Cruz is a very politically active, college town. The branch manager must be aware of where she works. It isn’t up to her to merit out First Amendment rights.

  7. Bank of America needs your money. See, they only made $6.2 Billion in profit last quarter.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/18/bank-of-america-earnings-report_n_1017153.html

    How are they supposed to live off that?

  8. Sue says:

    Personally I think the bank has a right to not do business with trouble makers who were there causing a scene. It’s called public misconduct. What these customers did or attempted to do, went beyond what a normal customer should have done and therefore the bank was in the right.

    This thinking of SUE THEM, TIE THEM UP IN COURTS, etc is what’s wrong with this country and it’s not only stupid but totally disgusting. Don’t like a new policy? Then fine, go into the bank,. act like a god da** decent human being and not a jacka** and take your money out and go someplace else. Why march in with DEMANDS acting all big and bad with signs and cause a scene? TOTALLY DISGUSTING behavior!!! This isn’t the proper way to conduct yourselves as adults, is this the example you want to teach your kids? That when you don’t agree with or like something you just have to make up signs and protest and yell and scream and then go in and make a jacka** of yourself? I somehow think that these customers didn’t simply go in and quietly ask to have their accounts closed. Hell no, they probably went in with their signs and started yelling at some poor minimum wage bank teller. They should have been arrested on the spot for misconduct.

  9. Jerry says:

    The bank could have closed their accounts and them asked them to leave because they were no longer customers. While their accounts were open, they were customers, and should have been treated as such. As for the policeman, what a wimp. Go to the bank manager, tell her the customers want to close their accounts, and no laws are being broken.

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