Fed-up consumers planning for ‘Bank Transfer Day’

November 5, 2011 • Business

This undated photo shows Dan Blakemore, a 28 year old New York City resident, who said he is holding off on closing his Bank of America account now that the bank canceled plans to charge a $5 monthly debit card fee. (AP Photo/Maria Hanely Blakemore)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s moving day for bank customers.

A grassroots movement that sprang to life last month is urging bank customers to close their accounts in favor of credit unions by Saturday.

The spirit behind “Bank Transfer Day” caught fire with the Occupy Wall Street protests around the country and had more than 79,000 supporters on its Facebook page as of Friday. The movement has already helped beat back Bank of America’s plan to start charging a $5 debit card fee.

It’s not clear to what extent the banking industry’s about-face on debit card fees will extinguish the anger driving the movement. But many supporters say their actions are about far more than any single complaint.

“It’s too little, too late,” said Kristen Christian, the 27-year-old Los Angeles small business owner who started “Bank Transfer Day.” She already opened accounts at two credit unions in preparation for cutting ties with Bank of America this weekend.

“Consumers are waking up and seeing that they have options,” she said.

Even with its public support, however, it’s not likely that any account closings that take place on Saturday will make a big dent with industry titans such as Chase, which is the Login to read more

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