A high street bank has sparked fury amongst local people in the seaside town of Canford Cliffs, Dorset, by restricting the services of its local branch to wealthy customers only. In the future only customers with £50,000 in savings, a £200,000 or £100,000 mortgage or an annual income of £75,000 will be able to use the bank’s services. All other account holders will have to make do with using the cash machine outside. The only way they will be allowed to use the branch is by paying the princely sum of £20.00 per month for the privilege!
A bank spokesman has rubbed salt in the wound by announcing in The Guardian, “We are trying to treat everyone fairly – not everybody in the world is equal”. Try telling that to the number of elderly and less able bodied customers who now have to travel to a branch in another area, because they are no longer welcome at their local branch. It doesn’t sound very fair to a lot of people including myself. At the end of the day it’s all about money and greedy bank bosses wanting to make as much money as they can, even if it means riding rough shod over ordinary people like you and I. Let’s hope that other high street banks don’t follow suit. Otherwise we’ll end up with a society where there’s a clear division between rich and poor and banking facilities are only available for the very affluent.
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