F*ck the banks

You know, fellas, we do remember how to use cash. It’s bad enough that we let you guys charge us for the automatic cash machines that first allowed you to lay off thousands of bank tellers when you first came up with the idea. But now you want to just keep upping the charges for using the debit cards you gave us — again, yet another device that let you cut labor costs? You bankers really have no shame:

WASHINGTON — It seemed a good idea last year, when the financial crisis had turned banks into Public Enemy No. 1 and lawmakers were looking for ways to reward consumers still bitter about billion-dollar bailouts and executive bonuses.

Without much warning or debate, the Senate passed an amendment directing the Federal Reserve to reduce the hidden “swipe fees” that banks collect from retailers each time a customer makes a purchase with a debit card.

Merchants, who had complained that the $20.5 billion in annual fees were biting into their profits, were elated. Banks were stunned. Their lobbyists tried to reverse the move, but when the overhaul of the nation’s financial regulation was passed by Congress last July, the debit card cut survived.

Now, as the Fed faces a deadline in April to write the rules for the lower fees, banks and debit card companies are engaged in an all-out assault on Capitol Hill, enlisting a growing cadre of lawmakers and lobbyists to push for changes, delay or outright repeal. Banks contend the proposed cut in fees — to 12 cents per transaction from an average of 44 cents — will leave many of them unable to afford to issue debit cards to customers or will force them to raise other consumer banking charges to cover the costs. They also claim retailers will reap unfair profits.

A coalition of banks and card companies have plastered subway cars and Internet sites with ads warning, “Bureaucrats want to take away your debit card!”

“I am appalled that our members will shoulder tremendous financial burden and still be on the hook for fraud loss while large retailers receive a giant windfall at the hands of the government,” John P. Buckley Jr., the president of Gerber Federal Credit Union of Fremont, Mich., told a House of Representatives subcommittee last week.

5 thoughts on “F*ck the banks

  1. please. these dudes can all go suck a dick, and not in the nice “humans pleasuring humans” sense.
    FYI: in PA, your credit union debit card gets you free atm service at ANY credit union, Wawa, and at 7-11.

  2. my credit union said that it would have a problem with the reduced fees. since it goes to my credit union, not wachovia, i don’t care if they get 44 cents. it really is a joke for the banks to be complaining that retailers will get “unfair” profits. 0% of cash transactions is all they deserve.

  3. I’ve been trying to use cash a lot more these days just for the swipe fee reason, but you have to carry a hell of a lot of it.

  4. All I’m trying to say is that “consumers” have a lot more power than they think. Who is it that says we have to do EVERYTHING by their rules, huh?


    Take off the blinders.

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