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You ask the government for bailout money. For what? So that you can make political contributions? That money comes from taxpayers who are honest hardworking people. You are just taking the people's money and spending it to help fund campaigns. The banks should be completely separate from politics and government. How do you sleep at night?
You make 10 million dollars a year. Your bank has foreclosed on thousands of peoples homes leaving them with no where to go. Just wondering, how do you sleep at night?
I was not born in the U.S. but have been living here for more than a decade as a permanent resident, married to an American, the mother of two Americans. There are so many things I love about this country, that make it stand out from every other nation in the world. I love the diversity, the way the U.S. Olympic team is more diverse than any other in the world, the way in a city like NY (where I lived for most of my 20s and half of my 30s) people from all over the world coexist. BUT... This country is being destroyed by greed, hate, fear, a fundamental lack of empathy. Corporate America stands for all that is bad here, gobbling up more and more as hard-working families struggle more than ever to give their children fundamental things like food, shelter, a solid education. YOU should be ashamed of the environment you work in, for the lack of decency and basic compassion, empathy, perspective. I got a letter from Citibank that they are hiking my fees because my balance has been too low, the same month you posted higher than expected profits and my son's Kindergarten teachers sent out a letter to ask parents to help her buy basics like paper and Kleenex. Does that seem right? I will close my account and invest my money in a local credit union. And I will not shop in major chains. What will you do to change the status quo, which is putting our collective security, our future at risk? What can you do to put people over profit? To remind yourself and your colleagues and family that we are all in the same boat--and when our communities go down the tube, we will all pay the price. When schools have barely enough money to teach our kids, what future will we have? Who will your customers be then? What will America look like? Oh, and by the way, if you haven't already, check out what the authorities are doing at Occupy Oakland currently. Educate yourself. Thanks for listening. Feel free to ask me any questions.
Ethics | 0
Dear Mr. Collingwood, I hope that you're well, and I also hope you'll consider a message from a fellow citizen. Every one of us has a right to pursue what he truly believes in, and the talents he holds. Of one thing I am certain, though: As a human being, you have talents that can be used for good -- and yet you are pursuing a career, lobbying, that is shameful and immoral. By lobbying, you hurt our democracy for money. You aren't operating where an advocate is needed in an equal system -- as in our judicial system -- or joining an equal and honest debate about what is best for other people -- as in politics. As long as you are live on this earth, you have the opportunity to change your path and do something good. You may have children of your own; I imagine they would prefer it if their father chose to become an honorable man. I am a teacher. There is always time to switch to a career that is honest -- you will no longer be hurting your country and fellow citizens, and I can't tell you how good it feels to make a positive difference in people's lives. Yours sincerely,
Does that make me your slave. I don't know what it takes to be a wh@r^, but I am willing to learn, anything to feed my family... did I mention I am handsome, just a bonus perk... no pun intended
Re: Mucho Dinero | 0
Goldman Sachs is a bunch of crooks. Thank you for destroying this nation.
Dear Ms. Judith, I hope you get to read this note. I want to encourage you to become part of the solutions for a better world for all of us. That said, have you any ideas on what can be done to ease the home foreclosure problem? May be we can just start a conversation. I am a home owner in Padadena, TX. I am comfortably able to afford my mortgage payments, I could offer to pay an additional $10/mo if that could go to a pool that insures our neighborhood against foreclosures for struggling families. May be we can convene with other Wells Fargo customers and consider such an insurance plan and protect struggling families for say upto 2 years or offer group renegotiations. These ideas may be naive to a skilled banker like you or many of your colleagues, but that is just one thought from a concerned member of my village.
The bank you work for MUST pay corporate taxes. The middle class has been under attack for quite some and banks, such as BoA, are to blame!
ONE ON ONE | 0
ME and YOU, one on one. MANO y MANO. Let's settle this in the ring like men then hug it out after wards. if i win, you stop being such a douchebagger, If you win, you stop being so greedy.
#ows | 0
Hey, we need to create a better world. Think about what you can do to help people of this country and of the world. I love you and everyone on this planet and I hope that you begin to think about how your actions affect other people.
moving | 2
I live with my two sisters and three nephews in Massachusetts. My parents and two brothers are facing eviction in California. Their only option is to rent a U-Haul to move in with us, but between seven people we still can't come up with enough money. But I bet you could. While my family struggles to save money for their trip we are constantly sacrificing some of the basic necessities that every house-hold is supposedly entitled to.
As a senior in highschool, I often spend the majority of class time debating important issues as a method of testing what I think are logical arguements. The existence (or lack of) business ethics and the debate of social responsibility are two topics that have recently been brought up in my AP Macroenomics class. Do you believe that corporations owe anything to society or deserve to reap all the benefits? While I will respect your input, I would appreciate if you would read up on Immanuel Kant and Confucious if you prefer a absence of corporate responsibility. Thank you, "Tyler" "...it has been shown that to injure anyone is never just anywhere." - Socrates, in Plato's Republic
Your business would not be successful if not for the 99%.
Hi! | 1
Greg, I'm sure you're busy, so I'll keep it short. I'm a 29 year old disabled veteran and earned my Bachelor's degree with honors while on active duty. I served my country while you got rich. Now I live with my parents, my three children, and three adult siblings. We can barely make ends meet and my injury will NEVER heal. Your friend, Sheila
to whom it may concern @ Citi-bank I was a student in London England for six months - Iam an American New yorker who had a 20 year account with Citi-bank - while living in London I took money out of the ready teller in London from my savings acoount back in NYC - on certain days the screen on the ready teller would say - funds not available right now then later after my money was drained far below what I knew I had taken out I realized the computer was deleting money off of my account but never giving it to me...Citi-bank totally ripped me off! I never got the money back thought you like to know.... yes its true but now I think if it happened to me then it happened to a few other million people as well - hope you enjoyed the bonus you got off of my back....
Dear Christine P Katziff, I have been reading some fascinating news recently regarding BofA's practice of moving risky derivatives to a FDIC-Protected subsidiary. Some of these news web sites think you are imperiling everyone's accounts by doing this. I just wanted to let you know that I have written my two senators and house representative asking for an investigation into this outrageous activity. I hope you hear soon from congress soon. By checking the websites below you can see a few examples of what the news media thinks of BofA's practices. Bloomberg Buisinessweek: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-23/bank-of-america-is-too-much-of-a-behemoth-to-fail-simon-johnson.html Quote: "This condones the continuation, or perhaps escalation, of taxpayer-backed gambling on a grand scale -- and by people who aren’t very good at it. The U.S. is heading in the direction of Western Europe, where state-backed banks repeatedly bring everyone to the brink of disaster." NY Post: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/sleight_of_hand_uy96iNSbW99JHMRnbxgvfL Quote: "At issue is BofA’s decision to shift what sources say is some $55 trillion in derivatives at Merrill Lynch to the retail bank unit, which houses trillions in deposits insured by the FDIC. Critics say the move potentially imperils everyday depositors by placing their money and savings at risk should BofA run into trouble."
Hi, Edith, I'm probably old enough to be your mother. I am alarmed at the enormous profits you and your colleagues are making at my expense -- not to mention the burden it will put on my daughter and granddaughters. Much of my savings has gone to bail our your colleagues (maybe you, too). A way was found to "share the risk," but not the gains, among all of us suckers. Please, we count on you to have to have the courage to blow the whistle. You know what's right. Please do it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having the courage to act now.
Dear Ms. Miller | 2
Dear Ms. Miller, I want to thank you for your dedicated service to JPMorgan Chase. You have shown me what capitalism is all about. I cannot blame you for your actions of greed because you thought you were pursuing the American dream like every other hard working American. As a dedicated executive for the company, you have followed orders and have made as much money as possible for the bank. As a human being I ask you to step aside being a business person and ask yourself: Are your daily actions ethical? Please be a human being with empathy. Sincerely, Bonnie Costa
When money left my pension and IRA accounts, I thought "somebody took it." Now, I know that's true. Please help me get my money back from the people who walked away with millions at my expense. I'm counting on you to blow the whistle.
Dear Gregory: With all the money you and GS made, please spend a little to help out our schools in California. Schools are under-founded. Teachers are under-paid. Our kids, your customers in some years, are not getting the good education we used to have. Please help, Thank you! JY
Salutations! | 0
Hello Paula, This is Lupe, a college freshman in San Diego. I just wanted to drop by and say "Hi!" By the way I am a BoA customer and I would be very happy if I didn't get charge the $5 fee to use my debit card. Thanks. Hope to hear from you, Lupe
Dear Ms. Desoer | 2
Do you wonder what Occupy Wall Street is all about? What's all the fuss? Do you think those "kids" protesting are jealous of you and other high-paid executives? I don't think that is it at all. I think it's wonderful that you have such a good job. It's great that we live in a country where such opportunities are available, especially to women. But Ms. Desoer, everyone in America works hard at what they do. From the man who picks up your garbage each week to the driver of the bus that takes your children to school to the fireman, the teacher, the secretary, the nurse... all American workers work hard every day and they believe in an America where they can expect a fair and decent standard of living. I am 53 years old. I've worked all my life. I'm making more now that I ever have, but never has my salary been so weak. My 60 year old husband lost his job 7 months ago. There are no jobs available for a 60 year old man who is competing with college grads and people half his age. Every day I watch my husband's confidence slowly disintegrate. A man who has worked his entire adult life, raised a family, paid his bills and now he's left by the side of the road with nowhere to go. He wants to work, we can't afford him not to, but we have no choice but to face our later years struggling. We don't ask for much. We don't ask to be rich or take away anyone's riches. We only want to be able to work and take care of ourselves. We feel like this has been taken away from us by greedy businesses seeking profits at the cost of American workers. Maybe you personally or your business hasn't off shored jobs, maybe you have; but big business has created many of the desperate situations your fellow Americans are now in. To see pictures of your Wall Street friends standing on a balcony drinking champagne above the Occupy Wall Street protesters shows how little many of you know about the people of this country. We don't want to hate wealthy people, we just see our own lives sinking and we know that big business has a lot to do with it. Thank you for letting me speak candidly, Ms. Desoer. We are all Americans. It's important that we be concerned about each other, that we support success for everyone. It can only do good for businesses and our country when everyone is able to help support the nation.
America has just woke up. This is only the beginning. You may have bought the Republicans and Democrats, but the people now know the truth. Your company will no longer hold power, and will be accountable for its actions. Stay on alert, it is only a matter of time.
Dear Jamie Dimon I took a walk through southeast Queens today and it's just simply heartbreaking. How can you say that Chase is doing all they can to keep families in their homes? Your bank's inaction has hurt neighborhoods across NYC. Look at this picture from a house that is "manged by Chase". It doesn't look like you're managing anything. http://yfrog.com/hwnm0wxj
Hello, Mr. McQuade, I just wanted to take a moment and reach out to you and tell you a little about myself. My name is Eve I am 52 years old single no children never married. I am unemployed, losing my jobs while being hospitalized in Dec '07 for emergency life saving surgery. The fact that I was ill came as quite a surprise because I do not have regular physical check-ups. In fact, the last physical I had was in '93, as that was the last time I had health insurance. I have always been quite lucky in living situations, having lived in some of the most beautiful and desirable ares in the country. You'd be surprised how a single person with no children can eek out an existence even in upscale area codes! But perhaps you haven't noticed people like me. I don't eat out much or shop at Wholefoods or Costco. I am paralyzed most days with what is whimsically called 'free-floating anxiety'. In my case it is more like on going never ending dread, uncertainty magnified a million times. Compounded with no emotional support from a significant other. And my little internal voice says to me, as if on a loop, 'you're no one and you deserve nothing' My waking body is just waiting to die. I'm sorry, please forgive me, I was supposed to find a humorous way to appeal to you, Mr. McQuade. After all, my problems are certainly not your problems. For all you know I have lead a frivolous, trite and selfish life and I got what I deserved. It's funny, sometimes I do think I've been cursed, and someone out there has a voodoo doll with my face on it! The truth is I am an ordinary American citizen, I donate to charity even though I have a tiny income set aside from the death of my father 2 years ago. When I can pretend long enough that I'm not sinking, and ignore my thoughts on what my first day of homelessness will be like, I give whatever I have to someone who has it worse than me. Forgive me for going on and on, please tell me about yourself when you have the time, as I am sure you are a very busy person. With warm regards, Eve Norton Salinas CA