I saw an article yesterday that said that banks this year have made a record profit from the charges they “extort” from their customers. I’m not sure when and why this started, but it is totally unacceptable, from most people’s point of view.
After reading this, I opened my mail, when I got home last night, and my bank sent one of those letters citing changes they were making. One of those letters that no one reads. One of those letters that spews how great these changes are going to be. And buried in the print is a line saying that if I don’t keep a minimum daily balance of over $5000 in my checking account, I’ll be charged a $15 service charge. WTF?
Okay, this is total bullshit. Very few people keep a balance of $5000 in their checking accounts. Actually, over 60% of the US population doesn’t have $5000 to put into a checking account. I saw this article from the Wall Street Journal that says that 62% of the population doesn’t have $1000 in their saving accounts. So obviously they don’t have $5000 to put into my bank, so they can avoid the service charge. Think about it, if they have 100,000 people with checking accounts, times $15, then they make 1.5 million dollars a month. What this really is – a poor tax.
I’ve been charged a few service charges over the years and have found it impossible to get one removed. I’d bet a ton of people get this charge on their account for months upon months, with virtually no chance of getting their money back. Plus, if you do have $5000 in your account, they will pay something like .01% interest.
They realize that we all have our checking accounts tied to lots of automatic payment systems. I pay so many credit cards, insurance etc. They sort of have us in a tight spot in this respect.
I guess this all means that 62% of the population of our country couldn’t use my bank without incurring a $15 monthly fee. I’m going down there today and talk to them about the “no fee” checking account. If they don’t have one, I’m withdrawing my money. I’ve used the same back for decades. But, this practice is unacceptable and we, as citizens, need to make sure that banks, and such, understand that we don’t approve of their business practices. Thus, we walk.