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NYPD Arrests Woman For Closing Her Citibank Account (VIDEO)

Be patient through the first 90 seconds — haha, attention span of a gnat! — because a remarkable little drama unfolds with protesters inside the Citibank branch communicating with protesters outside, all very reserved, collecting names and birthdates of the people about to be arrested inside. And then, brutish cops seize a woman in a business suit who is saying, “I’m a customer, I’m a customer,” and showing her Citibank checkbook. Apparently she is here to close her account, and for that she is manhandled by a bunch of thug cops who should be careful where they go from now on. Anyway, closing your account is now a go-to-jail offense. UPDATE: The video was shot on a Blackberry by Meaghan Linick of Brooklyn, and her story is worth reading, too.

Interesting actions around the world today, from London to Sydney, Rome to Los Angeles, Vancouver to Vienna. It would be dumb to pretend to know exactly what it all means, and of course the appearance of the professionals — the professional fringe right, the professional attention whores, the professional leftist protesters, and of course the professional security guards for the establishment — muddies the waters moreso. But when you look at all these uprisings, past the loudest people and past the readymade theories and conclusions, you start to get an idea that something unique is happening, and it may just be getting started.

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Ah, the usual “radicals” (cops) who have “infiltrated” the protests. “A massive demonstration” — 200,000 on the streets in Rome. And perhaps a hundred “radicals” who pull enough violent shit to dominate the newscast.

But don’t let Citibank take all the rancid glory today. JPMorgan Chase is the target of many other “consumers” in New York and across the United States today. BusinessWeek notes that JPMorgan Chase branches are swamped throughout the city with people closing their bank accounts.

Here’s a short bird’s eye clip of what’s happening in Times Square right now. The arrests are happening swiftly now, with NYPD paddy wagon vans scooping up those leading the protests, a dozen at a time, apparently trying to cut off the serpent’s head. Good luck, cops.

[Occupy Wall Street/BBC/Reuters OWS blog]

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300 comments

  1. x111e7thst

    My cousin was protesting in Rome. She says that the people doing the violence there looked "professional" like they had done that sort of thing a lot. I'm not sure what that means.

    1. fuflans

      my understanding is that anarchists regularly co-opt these events.

      ha.

      usa america wouldn't even be able to find 'anarchist' in the dictionary. hell, usa america doesn't own a dictionary.

      1. Chichikovovich

        begin{Paultard}
        All we need to know about anarchists is that one of 'em killed President McKinley, and President McKinley supported the gold standard.
        end{Paultard}

    2. DahBoner

      "She says that the people doing the violence there looked "professional" like they had done that sort of thing a lot."

      Wouldn't be surprised if Berlesconi paid them in Bunga Bunga party favors…

    3. Beowoof

      Wouldn't surprise me to learn that Rome was an operation funded by the CIA and bankers. The beginning of trying to discredit the protesters as reactionaries. Fox and guys such as Cantor are already on this and working hard. I believe it is because the thought of a real uprising of the folks scares the shit out of them.

  2. WVUer21

    Somewhere, Al Pacino is rallying crowds by throwing money in the air, and yelling, "ATTICA! ATTICA!"

    1. Callyson

      You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole economic order is out of order! They're out of order!

    2. valgal2342

      It really would be freaking awesome if someone would actually do that.
      FTW if Al dropped by and did it himself.

  3. ProgressiveInga

    Keep your hands off of your CitiBank account…..or else! Wow.

    Money
    Well, get back
    I'm all right Jack
    Keep your hands off of my stack
    Money
    It's a hit
    Don't give me that do goody good bullshit
    I'm in the high-fidelity first class travelling set
    I think I need a Lear jet

    1. KrayZBaggerLayD

      I just sent a very polite letter to Citibank demanding to know the grounds on which they arrested the protestors. Please join me in making your demands known to these motherfucking, daddy-diddling, scum-sucking pigs gentlepersons.
      http://www.occupytheboardroom.org/

      Thank you.

    2. iburl

      The song that went thru my head:

      Everywhere there's lots of piggies
      Living piggy lives
      You can see them out for dinner
      With their piggy wives
      Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

        1. Lascauxcaveman

          Hey, c'mon.

          Ringo lives, too.

          (It's prolly just a matter of genetics, or who took the fewest lethal drugs while they were in it. Try not to read too much into it.

  4. richmx2

    A small protest in Mexico City… only 500 tops, which doesn't rate more than a photo in the afternoon paper. Seeing this country has been occupied by Wall Street for several years now, and everybody knows it, no point in making a show out of it… we save the good protests for those that sold us out.

  5. AnAmericanInTO

    I went to the Occupy Toronto march today and the cops were frankly awesome. They got a whole lot of flack for their performance at the G20 Summit a while back, but this was no G20. Everyone was peaceful, lots of families, the cops kept traffic away from us and held back in general. Mostly they were worried about TD Bank's precious downtown headquarters, natch.

    1. Chichikovovich

      What is the express motivation, if any, for the Occupy Toronto march? Conservative (small-c) Canadian banking laws prevented a widespread foreclosure crisis, there have been no bailouts, and commercial banks are already prohibited from engaging in investment banking activity.

      Are they protesting to get the curling Briar back on CBC instead of TSN? (In which case I'm totally there, maudit 'ostie because I can't get TSN in the states and it pisses me off. Perhaps this is a digression…)

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Probably demonstrating against what looks like another mediocre season for the Maple Leafs. I mean, people can only take so much, eh?

        1. Chichikovovich

          As a Montréal fan from birth, you'd think I'd be happy. But now it's just sad. One or two years of sucking is good fun. But after decades it's reached the point where I really miss the days when my misguided Leaf-fan friends and I would talk trash for days before the big Habs-Leafs game. When I can't even take pleasure in the Leafs stinking up the ice, it's officially too long.

          1. Biel_ze_Bubba

            As a Red Sox fan, I'm feeling that way about the Baltimore Orioles. (Even though they REALLY put a strain on my sympathy, this season.)

            (Dredging up the accent aigu is the sign of a true Québécois, non?)

        2. RJfromTO

          See, this is exactly why people dislike Americans: the smugness. It seems to be impossible for an American to comment without making some snide remark about another country or nationality. How's things going for you there, folks? Not too well from what I see, hear, and read. Yet, as America suffers, some Americans cannot tone down – or preferably turn off – their hubris. Get bent poster.

      2. Negropolis

        The Occupy movements outside the United States we geared to be less about protesting local conditions (though, if warranted, you could mix those in ), and more about showing solidarity with the American movement. So, those were supposed to be less a protest and more a rally.

      3. tessiee

        "What is the express motivation, if any, for the Occupy Toronto march?"

        They're protesting aboot people always making fun of their accents.
        Oops…

        1. Chichikovovich

          Well, even if you accept the article's numbers and accept their spin on events – which I'm happy to do for the sake of argument since I haven't researched this carefully – even if granting them all their assumptions and calculations, we're talking about a "bailout" of 15 billion dollars. Even allowing for the larger populations, that's tip money compared to what the US and Europeans dealt with/are dealing with. And I would guess (just guessing – no real knowledge behind it) that the intervention was only necessary because of the much higher capitalization requirements for Canadian banks compared to their US counterparts.

        2. Biel_ze_Bubba

          Essentially, a "designed to fail" portfolio, sold to a Freddie Mac for Canadadian banks. Typical Canadians, stealing America's best ideas.

      4. Chet Kincaid

        Le sigh, I love Canadians' sensibleness and sanity. Your hockey is even tolerable, when the Blackhawks are winning. And the graphic design of your government documents and websites beats the hell out of 'Merka's, as I am reminded everytime I look into defecting.

  6. Rotundo_

    There is no situation known that cannot be made worse by the presence of law enforcement personnel. Including public relations for oversized criminal banking enterprises. I hope the decorum is worth it to the "one percent crowd", since we seem to be coming closer to the "Fuck it all, let's build some guillotines" phase of the proceedings.

    1. KrayZBaggerLayD

      I could help with sourcing material, designing, and building a guillotine. And, for our corporate overlords, I would delight in personally measuring each and every neck destined therefor.

      A la lanterne!

        1. KrayZBaggerLayD

          Passe-toi?

          I always did have a terrible weakness for Voltaire. Balanced, however, by a juvenile dabbling in the dribblings of Baroness Orczy.

          1. Chichikovovich

            In Voltaire's defence, he died long before the Revolution took its bloodthirsty turn. I've always been of the opinion (maybe a minority opinion, I don't know) that there were several crucial junctures at which the Revolution could still have been resolved into a moderately stable constitutional monarchy, and then evolve in the direction the Girondins hoped – something like the England that Voltaire so admired.

          2. KrayZBaggerLayD

            I suspect your opinion is far closer to the majority than mine. The England that Voltaire so admired did some horrible things in the colonies — but then again, so did France, and we must remember that the colonies were not occupied by humans, at least not in the opinion of their civilized … betters.

          3. Biel_ze_Bubba

            "the colonies were not occupied by humans, at least not in the opinion of their civilized … betters. "

            Rather like the attitude of the GOP elite toward today's pooz, innit?

          4. KrayZBaggerLayD

            I daresay. It's awfully reminiscent of that old "Make way for your betters" pre-Revolution attitude that sent so many aristocratic necks into the tumbrils destined for Madame La Guillotine.

            I'm sure this gang of wretches wouldn't have the slightest shame about packing infants into all those "excess" spaces in the carts.

        1. DaRooster

          "Be reminded at this time that this assembly is heavy enough to harm or kill if handled with enough ignorance."

          Best line from the whole thing!

    2. OneDollarJuana

      You know, a few simple steps can relieve the nagging sense of unease among the 1%. Just re-instate Glass-Steagall, impeach Clarence Thomas, readjust a few mortgages to reality, etc. All it takes is a bit of guts on the part of our Senate and Congress, and for O to follow through on a few of his campaign promises.

        1. horsedreamer_1

          It's at least in the realm of possibility that he should even be on the Court.

          Whereas, Thomas getting booted for manifest conflict of interests would bring closure to the Anita Hill situation.

          1. OneDollarJuana

            Thomas has clearly illegal conflicts of interest. We just don't have lawmakers that have the balls to investigate and impeach him. Scalia, not quite so clear (although we know they exist).

      1. Chet Kincaid

        Game me out the scenario where this current Congress acquires "guts" and does any one of these things, our how O magically fulfills campaign promises without a cooperative Congress.

          1. glamourdammerung

            "I wish I would stop having that dream where McConnell and Boehner are sixty-nining and all the Sunday pundits are in a circle around them, throwing marshmellows and singing 'It's a Small World After All'".

            Want any more updates from Obama's head?

          2. MonsterAGoGo

            Will do. I had cleaned up recently but looking in the cupboard I found "yeah sure I promise to close Gitmo", "I won't keep us in stupid wars", "I promise to return transparency to the presidency", "secret wiretaps are wrong", and "baby I promise I won't cum in your mouth". (Cue "That's a Lie" by Too Much Joy)

  7. flamingpdog

    I hope the woman in the business suit sues the city for every fucking dime in the police budget. And the police pension fund, too, if Bloomberg and friends haven't already stolen it, that is.

    1. KrayZBaggerLayD

      But that money is coming out of the taxpayer's pocket. I'd rather this resulted in the immediate dismissal of every officer responsible for the violence, with permanent blacklisting. Followed by personal suits against each and every one of them, with the resulting garnishment of wages/pensions, etc. Let them join the 99% and feel the bite. Maybe the bastards won't be so quick to break heads once a few dozen of them are on the unemployment line.

        1. KrayZBaggerLayD

          Well, that's where WE the citizenry come in. We have to be willing to call these people and make their lives miserable by all legal means until that changes. This is what democracy means. The police are an institution of WE the people. They must be accountable to us.

          I've been having fun telephoning across the land lately. Man, those po-pos get snotty when you call about the protestors, not that there's anything they can do about it.

          1. MonsterAGoGo

            When the government lawyers are on the side of the government police force, all tied to plutocrats, these things tend to be brushed under the carpet.

          2. MonsterAGoGo

            Try to bring charges on a cop. There's thing thing, see, prosecutors? They work for, I dunno, a government office? Something about , what's it called, a City, County, or State Atty General?

          3. KrayZBaggerLayD

            I have. It's not easy but it can be done. That's not the issue here, however, and your answer is not responsive. It is up to the citizenry in any democracy to create and supervise the institutions best fitted to carry out the wishes of the people. You have, I am sure, taken note of the fact that the National Lawyers' Guild and the ACLU are both present and have undertaken to provide legal assistance to #OWS participants. Your answer makes no sense to me. However, I am not interested in attempts at discourse if I meet only snark, and not even witty or informational snark, in response. Thank you for your contribution, and good day.

          4. MonsterAGoGo

            Luckily, I can still post for others to read regardless of your dismissal. The point here is that even with the ACLU and NLG, the circled wagons of the NYPD and for that matter the NY government means that until the elected officials do more than tell Bloomberg not to evacuate the park for fear of bad publicity, individual cases like this will be swept under the carpet. Police will be mildly slapped on the wrist and we will be told that their actions were allowable under the auspices of keeping the peace and oh by the way she resisted arrest etc. The legal structure still reports effectively to the banks, and it will until the PR gets so bad that the elected officials are truly scared for their jobs and flip sides. That won't happen from small individual cases like this, it will happen only if the OWS protests don't peter out with the snow. For now the entrenched royalty just want to keep things off the TV and hope we forget once the dirty hippies go home.

      1. flamingpdog

        I agree with your proposal, too, BaggerLayD, but the mayor and the banksters won't care if a few cops get canned. If the city has to pay a mega-award and city services get cut as a result, then maybe Bloomberg and his toadies will suffer at the ballot box.

        1. KrayZBaggerLayD

          You make an excellent point. I will concede if you assure me, based on your intimate knowledge of the workings of city government, that Bloomberg & Toadies, et al, will actually suffer to any degree whatsoever. I mean, what's to prevent these scum from blaming "unscrupulous trial lawyers" for the cutting of services? In which case, you know, PROFIT! Right?

          Assure me, pdog. It will only hurt for the first few minutes or so.

          1. KrayZBaggerLayD

            Oh, pdog, you chicken!

            "Obama moment," eh? Does this mean Teh Wonketz can look forward to gorgeous semi-nekkie pix of you flexing your brown, hard, muscular … wut? Why are you staring at me?

      1. KrayZBaggerLayD

        I believe they would be entitled to so sue, although that's beside the point. The issue is that Citibank acted completely unreasonably, and the negative PR that they will garner from today's action is definitely not what they intended. Someone lost it, and that someone's head will roll, along with a few others, and deservedly so. Our focus should be on ensuring that those police who responded as if they were the employees of citibank, assaulting innocent parties and violating their civil rights, should be removed from their employment immediately, with no possibility of rehire in that capacity ever again. They have shown themselves to be unable to conduct themselves as servants of the people. Let them take their chances on being open servants of the rich. They will find the rich not as kind to them on the issues dear to their hearts, such as a fair wage, pensions, health benefits, seniority, etc. Out with these tools of the ruling class!

        1. Biel_ze_Bubba

          The thing is, NYC does, eventually, give bad cops the boot, like the douchebag who attacked a cyclist a year or two ago while the videocameras were rolling. Takes a while, what with the bureaucracy, but it does get done in the end. For whatever reason, bad cops haven't yet learned to behave themselves in front of cameras.

          1. KrayZBaggerLayD

            This just in — two young women tried to close their account with BofA in Santa Cruz, and the bank manager tried to lock them into the bank and threatened to call the police. This is going to hit the news bigtime tomorrow. Unbelievable. Have these people grown SO arrogant that they have absolutely no fear of the consequences?

            In other news, 2-3,000 Occupied London and 500 of those are camping overnight, 200,000 in Rome, 500,000 in Madrid. 500 in Mexico city, over 1800 cities in the US saw marches of different sizes. The Republicans are suddenly changing their tune in re: indignados. They're all, "We don't care about the rich. We sympathize with Teh Poorz." I do believe *some* of our erstwhile corporate overlords are Beginning To Worry.

          2. KrayZBaggerLayD

            Ah, Biely, you just love to drag a body's spirits down, in a manner of speaking, of course. I hope you'll take this opportunity to bend the ear of one of these fine members of the corporatocracy: http://www.occupytheboardroom.org/

            Give 'em Hell, Biely, as only you know how.

      2. NotMother

        One element of the protest is the "too big to fail" banks like citi have also been given immunity, deemed "too big to prosecute" and "too big to sue." Also, too big to give us our fucking money back after we bailed their asses out. The TBTF's can only sue each other for our money now. Their actual victims are being blamed, the charge being lead by who else, Fox and friends.

  8. memzilla

    It used to be that they blamed the woman who got f***ed for what she was wearing, not what she was waving. "She was just asking for it, Your Honor."

  9. paris biltong

    The head of Italy's national bank seems to think the protesters have a point.
    Anyway, it's very interesting that lots of people are closing their accounts. Depositors are, in the end, the only ones who would have to side with the bankers just to protect their own interests. Once they're gone and the banks only operate with money they borrow from other banks, no one other than the bankers themselves will care if they fail, are burned down or get otherwise destroyed.

    1. KrayZBaggerLayD

      That's why so shitty. They no longer have to play nice with customers. They have their fingers in the Treasury, now.

        1. flamingpdog

          Or as southern plantation owners used to say to their unpaid "employees", "All your race are belong to us."

    2. Callyson

      Great name: I'll use that term from now on. I also use Skank of America/Stank of America for BofA.
      Now, I'm trying to think of a clever term for my soon – to – be former bank, Wells Fargo…

  10. sparecake

    To the one protestor who brought their bicycle into the bank: COME ONNNNN, GUY. Really? When is that ok?

      1. sparecake

        Oh, for real? I don't really see that being ok down here… Not at all.
        Anyway, if there's a good chance of you being arrested, I wouldn't think you would want your bike. It's just going to get left behind by the cops and stolen…

        1. KrayZBaggerLayD

          For real. A lot of people ride their bicycle to work or around the city, and there's not always a whole lot of safe road/sidewalk space, so people just take their bikes in to wherever. I think the exceptions are clothing stores (too much likelihood of causing damage) and food stores. Otherwise, I see people take their bikes into every place. But you're right, if he was expecting to get arrested, that was pretty dumb.

          1. flamingpdog

            And it probably wouldn't hit the pocket book so hard if the cops permanently confiscated your bike rather than your car because it was used in the commission of a "crime".

  11. Salacious Crumb

    I like how Mr. Undercover grabs a handful of boob at first then realizes what he's holding onto and splays his hands out, then crams her into the corner of the doorway. Out of all that, he's worried about inappropriate touching?

    1. tessiee

      "I like how Mr. Undercover grabs a handful of boob"

      I hope he didn't have the nerve to say, "This is a bust".

  12. paris biltong

    Maybe its just a matter of semantics, but it's interesting to note that the NYTimes and others see this as the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon spreading, whereas commentators in Europe consider that the movement originated with the "Indignados" in Madrid last spring. It seems to me that identifying yourself as "indignant" or "outraged" is more to the point than just saying you're occupying some place. "Pissed off" may be even better.

      1. MonsterAGoGo

        Occupados is more what you yell to tell someone you're in the airplane john. Hey man quit jiggling the door handle, it's occupado in here!

        1. KrayZBaggerLayD

          Yeah, I know, that's what the Spanish-speaking critters at La Casa de Los Gatos kept saying when I first threw the term around.

        2. OneDollarJuana

          Exactly. "Ocupado" in Spanish means "busy". Busy doing what, exactly? Standing around being indignant?

    1. Pres.Libunatic

      You could also say it started with the Arab Spring, which was also begun by a bunch of ordinary people tired of getting fucked over by kleptocrats/dictators/thug governments. Mooslim Brotherhood conspiracy theories notwithstanding.

  13. Steverino247

    "Today, we are all Unfocused and Leaderless."

    Exactly correct. If you want to see leadership these days, you have to be in the Infantry or some similar combat unit. There is NO political leadership ANYWHERE these days. It's almost exclusively begging for campaign funds and not wanting to rock the boat, er, yacht. It would seem the people are showing the leadership and the electeds better follow and quickly.

  14. johnnyzhivago

    This is what happens when you close your account and refuse to fill out the customer service questionaire.

    I mean Citibank just wants to your banking experience to get better!

    1. DahBoner

      "I mean Citibank just wants to your banking experience to get better!"

      Anal probes down at the jail to see if you're hiding any money from them up your ass????

  15. DahBoner

    Sure, you can get arrested for closing your Sillybank account.

    That's because you're depriving the banks of their special monthly ‘thank you’ fee on all of our debit cards!

    "Thanks for bailing us out, taxpayers!…"

    1. KrayZBaggerLayD

      You just go right ahead, DB, and keep making me mad. I'll pop a vein any second now, I know it.

  16. chilean2

    Banks have done horrible things to our money, to our livelihood ! Please read my blog http://marinameadows.wordpress.com, find out what is been done to our family for exposing CORRUPTION & more in Miami, Florida ! Gov.Officials are covering it up, expecting & waiting for us to perish !

  17. Lucidamente1

    If that's what happens at Citibank, what do they do to you when you try to close a Bank of America account?

      1. finallyhappy

        reading about that movie made me have to put the CIty Paper back and work hard not to think about it.

  18. ApplesauceRobot

    If Citi had been built on rock 'n roll instead of greed, we wouldn't all be knee deep in the hoopla.

  19. KrayZBaggerLayD

    I just sent a very polite letter to Citibank demanding to know the grounds on which they arrested the protestors. Please join me in making your demands known to these motherfucking, daddy-diddling, scum-sucking pigs gentlepersons.
    http://www.occupytheboardroom.org/

    Thank you.

    1. Shellwith2Ls

      I first saw this on rapper Talib Kweli's twitter feed. He was on his way to close his Citibank account after seeing this.

  20. BarackMyWorld

    Bank customers haven't caused this much rouble since the Clampetts used to terrorize Mr. Drysdale and Ms. Hathaway with their down-home antics.

    1. johnnyzhivago

      I could see an update of that show, with a naive, yet lovable Saudi prince and his family moving to NYC and being tended to by a bumbling hedge fund manager and his prissy, efficient assistant. In the first episode after moving to NY they earnestly decide to visit Ground Zero and all kinds of mayhem ensues!

  21. finallyhappy

    I did watch it- so many cops to arrest that woman. I think the undercover guy grabbed her boob because obviously she was a terrorist with a bomb in her boob.

  22. Woodshedding

    I closed my Bank of America account back in the early 70's and gave, as my reason, that they'd voted against the Equal Rights Amendment. And yet, I walked out of the bank unscathed. LAPD must've been snoozing.

  23. Biel_ze_Bubba

    NYT quoted one douchebag banker as follows:

    “Who do you think pays the taxes?” said one longtime money manager. “Financial services are one of the last things we do in this country and do it well. Let’s embrace it. If you want to keep having jobs outsourced, keep attacking financial services. This is just disgruntled people.”

    He added that he was disappointed that members of Congress from New York, especially Senator Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, had not come out swinging for an industry that donates heavily to their campaigns. “They need to understand who their constituency is,” he said.

    Yes, dickhead, bankers are the "constituency" whose interests should count in Congress. (Some of these privileged dolts just won't get it until they're facing the business end of a pitchfork.)

    1. Sparky_McGruff

      Nice to know that we do "financial services", like fraudulently wrapping up bundles of crap mortgages and rating them AAAAA+, really well. Let's let everything else that we used to do in this country rot to death, and just defraud each other until we're all rich.

      Of course, I'm saying this as a PhD in science who sees the funding for research disappearing. Fuck the future.

    2. Dudleydidwrong

      He's right out of Central Casting for the banker in the next film: Wall Street–The Downfall. A real shithead Ebenezer Scrooge but the ghosts of past, present, and future have all said "Fuck you, buddy" and have gone to do something possible.

    3. glamourdammerung

      “Who do you think pays the taxes?” said one longtime money manager.

      Last time I looked, I paid quite a bit more in income taxes than Citi and BoA did.

    4. BlueStateLibel

      I love the way they have to refer to what they do as "financial services," because they can't use the words that describe what they really do – loan-sharking, scamming people, and stealing billions in taxpayer money.

      1. DebC2

        The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is already taken….how bout the Soylent
        Green Roto-Rooter? We'll get every last dollar outta ya, by God!

    5. comrad_darkness

      I love it. The man actually thinks that pushing money around in little circles inside computers == economic growth. No one's 401k grew between 2000 and 2008, douchebag here and his fellow "constituents" skimmed all the growth off the top. And he's proud of himself. What a dickwad.

    6. Chet Kincaid

      I thought the Cream of America's Intellect was in financial services. Clearly not. What fucking jobs would be outsourced by financial services charlatans having to stop scamming investors, customers and the government?! Idiotic.

    7. schvitzatura

      Bankerboi is lucky OWS has not gone full Khmer Rouge (as are we, the blog-commentariat petit-bourgeois)…

    8. Dok-cupy Everything

      “They need to understand who their constituency is” may well become this decade's "Heck of a job, Brownie."

      Or its "Let them eat cake."

  24. Callyson

    Am closing my Wells Fargo account later this month once I get set up with a credit union. Looks like I better drop my dog off at doggie daycare, in case WFB is feeling competitive and wants to one – up ShittyBank,,,

  25. chascates

    You'd better be careful complaining about those ATM fees, the banks aren't going to take protestors (customers) loitering about the place.

  26. DahBoner

    "A Citibank worker was canned after being told that her attractiveness and wardrobe were “too distracting” for male colleagues to bear."

    I'm guessing she wore turtlenecks and ankle-length Little House on the Prairie dresses….

    1. tessiee

      "A Citibank worker was canned after being told that her attractiveness and wardrobe were “too distracting” for male colleagues to bear."

      I used to get that a lot a few years back when I was younger…
      And, you know, employed.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Mmmm … I'd put her desk by the door, and let the business roll in. Oh wait … it's CitiBank. Where customers aren't actually wanted. Nevermind. Plan B would be to get her to marry me. Wait, why wouldn't that be Plan A? Damn … I guess she is distracting.

  27. chascates

    SHIT! From Crooks&Liars:
    Now they've ordered everyone to leave or face arrest: "Step back from the barrier." The crowd is chanting: "YOU step back!" and "We love you!"

  28. user-of-owls

    I marched today!! I am now officially part of…no giggles please…Occupy Northwest Arkansas! Hell, I even have a shirt!

    Seriously, it was pretty extraordinary. At least 300 of all stripes marched in an excruciatingly polite (and damn well organized) fashion from the town square to our old friends, Bank of America. Little old Owls had his hand made sign:

    99% = E Pluribus Unum.

    1. Geminisunmars

      So, you finally connected with the 300 other souls in Ark that have concurrent brains and hearts.

    2. Local_Mojo

      Some of your brothers and sisters-in-arms were up on Mulberry Mountain. Many of the, uh, Occupy Conway delegation from HC headed that way. When it was the choice of "hanging out with hippie chicks" or "fighting the Power," my son's pre-frontal cortex and penis waged a fierce battle.

      By the way, love Arkansas. Good beer, good people. Can't wait to head up Northwest.

      1. user-of-owls

        Hah! Give the boy's penis his day at the festival. The Occupation will still be here when he gets back.

  29. Barrelhse

    They can fuck with the hippies and polite society finds that acceptable, but the cops don't seem to understand that this movement consists of a broad swath of Americans from every segment of our culture.
    May the pigs lose the war.

    1. marinmaven

      That is why when you protest where a business suit. It will drive them crazy since they can't write you off as a patchouli and tie dye shirt hippie. It will confuse them to no end. It will make the minions of the establishment think twice before they throw tear gas amongst a group of suits. Plus it makes you look more employable than your average teabagger "Going Galt" in his mother's basement.

    2. LetUsBray

      Today we are all hippies.

      Especially that poor woman who tried to close her damn account. I hope she sues the unholy living snot out of everyone remotely involved.

    3. Dashboard_Jesus

      amen brother, I'm a 52 y.o. white guy with a job, a home, a bank account AND health insurance and I've been out there every day OCCUPYING…this IS a real movement and will continue to build, I feel it in my heart and my tired bones…we are fed up with the fucking banks and their criminal accomplices running/ ruining this cuntry!

    1. FakaktaSouth

      That beautiful girl with the "I'm worth fighting 4 " sign just made me do the shoulder shaking crying stuff. It's like, you know, things do not have to suck for this kid.
      Aight. I'm up. I'm going to get out of my head and do something. Thanks my man.

      edit: and now they are right now talking about detroit on the nfl network…I am surrounded with detroit hopefulness…go lions!…

  30. Antispandex

    Yep, I was right. These ARE New York's finest…unfortunately.. Wow, these doughnut dunkers sure are trying to spend up all of that good will they got as "first responders".

  31. Geminisunmars

    So when does Jimmy Stewart show up and explain how we shouldn't be making the run on a bank because the bank is our friend? Yes, indeedy, it is a "Wonderful Life."

    1. marinmaven

      You know what Clarence, the Angel says, "Everytime you move your money out of a soulsucking banking institution and into a local credit union, an angel gets its wings. Power to the 99, peace out yo."

  32. 4TheTurnstiles

    Snark off for a moment:

    Seriously y'all, move your money if you haven't already and you still have some. Credit unions are good but not good for everyone; if you need a full service bank (like for a small business loan &c), you might try these people: http://www.ucbtx.com

    Meanwhile, it's 10pm and the Wonkeratchik is still at work!

    1. El Pinche

      Yeah, moved my all of my shit from BofA to my credit union. It was like pulling teeth, but it's done.

    2. glamourdammerung

      That is exactly the issue I have with owning a small business as you simply have to have some kind of bank account going and none of the credit unions want (or can do) my account around here.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        C.U. no can do, thanks to federal regulations (you'll never guess who lobbied for that rule…)

        If you're organized as an LLC, you and the business are one for tax purposes, so using a personal account is OK. Nothing stops you from going to Costco or WalMart and ordering checks for a C.U. account that look very businesslike.

  33. Antispandex

    Oh yeah, and it needs more Malcolm X, and less MLK.
    "… by any means necessary. That's our motto. We want freedom by any means necessary. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary."
    See?

  34. awwalk56

    Swamp tweet @Whitehouse with this video and ask Barry to send troops to NYC to protect Citibank customers from the NYPD. Crash the fucker.

  35. Beanball

    When Willy Sutton withdrew money from the bank he carried a gun. The banksters would do well to refresh their history vis a vis customers withdrawing cash.

    I think everybody needs to calm the fuck down.

    1. DahBoner

      Actually, banks figured out some time ago how to take our money without a gun.

      It's called The Fine Print

  36. Warpde

    I know the banks like to keep our money but that's just fucked.
    They can keep my $1.72 life savings.
    Plus interest.

    1. DahBoner

      As the Queen of the Blues once said, you gotta put some money in the bank before you can take it out.

      We've been living too high on the hog for decades…

  37. Soylent Green

    Looks like Rupert unleashed his local Fox channels. On tonites news, Occupy Las Vegas was hailed as a total bummer for the tourists and ruined many vacations. I was there, they were jumping in the lines with us.

  38. NewtsUndies

    Are my eyes deceiving me or is that really Wiggum at the end, acting tough when his chance to show his machismo by beating up a customer is long gone?

      1. OneDollarJuana

        And remember that this El Supremo Court is making class action lawsuits a thing of the past, too.

      2. glamourdammerung

        Considering that forcing consumers to continue doing business with them should be kind of an easy case and I suspect some lawyer is hungry enough for money/fame to do it, I just do not see a downside.

  39. JoshuaNorton

    Just read the press release from Citibank about the whole clusterfuck. Believe it at your own risk.

    Guess what. When you are arresting people for closing their bank accounts, you lose, Wall Street.

    1. e_z

      "When you are arresting people for closing their bank accounts, you lose, Wall Street"

      Actually, when that happens, you've lost.

      1. Negropolis

        When you're protesting, you don't lose when you get arrested. That's winning. If it's "losing" I guess MLK lost a whole helluva lot then.

      1. OneDollarJuana

        It's because they're afraid that the comments will wear out the "F" "U" "C" "K" and "N" "T" "S" functions on their monitors.

  40. dduke45

    I'm an old dude from the Mobe days back in the 60's.
    All these years, nothin' but depressed cuz' I never thought I'd live to see the day when the American people "got it".
    Now I'm dancin' a jig and headin' back out into the streets.
    Ah, good to make a difference again. Keep on.

  41. undeadgoat

    If you are wondering why you haven't really been hearing about Occupy Madison despite all the wonderful things going on here in February and March, the answer is basically "professional protestors." It's frankly embarrassing, those guys cannot get it together. Step one: occupy a park in a largely residential area that people who live in different neighborhoods may not have heard of. Don't get a permit. Step two: When the cops ask you to leave, do not apply for a permit. FINALLY start thinking of a place near the state capitol that's not under the jurisdiction of the capitol police. Step three: Yell constantly in megaphones about how the 20 people present at any one time are more powerful than the constituency of MoveOn.org in such an embarrassing way that people who were thinking about dropping in just walk past.

  42. DahBoner

    Meanwhile, back in Real America:

    "And then they have a party and when they go in, the admission to the party is a big bowl and they just drop pills in the bowl"

    Ah, the old Drop Pills in a Bowl Party urban legend again, eh?

    Haven't heard that one since the 60's…

  43. Chet Kincaid

    It seems like the most effective means of protest is to take your money out of a big bank and put it in a small bank or credit union. Beyond that, I think the protests are getting the attention of Republican elected officials, but they are not going to change their voting behavior in any way, no matter how long people stay on the streets. Somehow, this movement needs to be "exploited" or "co-opted" into the realization that you have to vote EVERY 2 YEARS if you want change, and that we need OWS-minded candidates in the Democratic Party (Independent parties are useless) to vote for.

    1. gurukalehuru

      Quite true. I would vote for the rich girl in the blue blouse with white spots, the lady who told Opie and/or Andy to fuck off and go be a dick somewhere else, the very erudite guy in the wobbly cap, or the girl with the green hat on the bridge, when she comes of age, quite gladly. Instant heroes of a leaderless movement.

  44. MonsterAGoGo

    Remember, you can't spell "NYPD" without "pigfucking rapist neonazi".

    That woman should not only sue, but have those pigs waterboarded . Remember kids it's not torture!

    1. RadioOcupados

      Stay thirsty my friends, because over my lifetime it's way more likely I'm running from a cop, than thinking they are going to be helpful.

  45. Goonemeritus

    My company is a supplier to Citibank and I set price. I foresee a bad corporate citizen price hike coming their way. How do you like unfettered capitalism now BITCH.

    1. Rotundo_

      I have always loved the concept of the "asshole surcharge". It always seems to be tempered by the economic realities like alternate sourcing, etc. but it still is fun if it works. Unfortunately it won't do much good with these bastards. They'll just stick yet another monthly charge for "materials" on the accounts and skip off to their hookers and blow like yesterday.

    1. lulzmonger

      Plainly, what we have here is a failure to communicate … withdrawing over $100? That's a tasing. Complaining about service? That's a tasing. Trying to close your account? Oh, you better believe that's a tasing.

      1. ttommyunger

        Fortunately, allowing one's balance to drop below $300 rates only a kick in the nads by the Head Teller. 'Splains why I'm walking funny.

  46. MonsterAGoGo

    So at this rate what's the betting pool say? How many days til the first outbreak of real knock down drag out on film fight when the Bankfucks call the Pigmonsters out on customers and the pigs taze an old lady? A week? Two? Get it on film kids. Put it on the internet.

  47. baghdadroz

    "The more your tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers." Same difference, Darth capitalists. When they decided to walk away from American capitalism and practice predatory capitalism, they must have known deep down that this day would come. That's why I'm so glad I bank at USAA. I get free checking, ATM rebates, no ATM fees and no storm troopers arresting me. They've all gone to the dark side, have they. Taking Americans to the cleaners, they are.

    1. paris biltong

      Or else the same cop is jerking off a lot. The ratio of comments to views is abnormally low, which can happen if one hand is busy not typing.

  48. squirmisher

    The anger towards financial institutions is understandable in the US and Europe considering how much they fucked up there, but I don't see the point of the Occupy protests up here in Canada considering we have what the people are protesting for, that is, a well regulated banking system that didn't require a tax payer bailout.

  49. katnipkid

    It is odd that the police are not going after anyone in the building, unless that has not been filmed, HOWEVER, don't you think it is really stoopid to try to enter a bank lobby to attend to your banking when it is filled with protesters and the place is starting to swarm with cops? I would have just come back later, maybe the next day. What is the follow-up to the story, anyone know?

  50. scallywagy

    Perhaps arresting these people has more to do with preserving the banks autonomy and very survival rather than the very interesting idea that all the security guards and cops were trying to do was put a sudden frenzy session of customers/vigilantes into quarantine mode. Who really needs to be quarantined are the banks, but that’s just the humble opinion of an individual with hardly a dime to his name.
    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/10/citibank-

  51. lulzmonger

    How many people all over the US will see this & decide to kill their own accounts because of it, I wonder … & how many of those will be BIG savings accounts?

    Some macho cops just cost Citibank MILLIONS.

  52. 102415

    I was there trapped in the ATM space at the front door clutching my pearls when this happened. It wasn't pretty. When they tried to leave they slammed the door on them and everyone else in the bank. This was was Citibanks idea. The whole thing went to hell very fast.

  53. JoeBfsplk

    One can only support much of the intent of the Wall Street Occupiers, but their intellectual capability slides into the toilet when they also espouse full support for Barack Obama, the darling of Wall Street..

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