Bank of Anti-America

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Troops Welcomed Home in St. Louis but Not at Bank of America

by Mark Polege

What started as a conversation on Facebook between two St.Louisans, Craig Schneider and Tom Appelbaum, sparked into the first “Welcome Home” Parade for U.S. troops after leaving operations in Iraq. Veterans and those supporting them traveled from all over the country to show their thanks and welcome them home.

Over 100 entries were involved in the parade including marching bands, motorcycle groups, and military units. In addition, some 600 veterans, many in military uniforms and fatigues, marched down Market Street waving and giving salutes and thumbs-up to the crowd.

Organizers estimated the turnout reached 100,000. It was truly an honor and a privilege to be able to attend this parade and help welcome home and honor our brave soldiers. More photographs from the parade can be seen here.

When parades happen in downtown St.Louis, it is customary that many businesses along the parade route allow spectators to use their front steps in order to gain a better view of the parade. This access is incredibly helpful to those who are elderly or suffer from disabilities. A good example of this is the Peabody Opera House at 1400 Market Street as pictured in the background below:

The parade route stretched from 4th St. & Market St. down along Market St. to Union Station.
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Absolutely all of the businesses along Market Street allowed such access during Saturday’s parade welcoming home our U.S. military, well, all except the Bank of America Plaza. Bank of America was so adamant about denying access to their precious “patio”, as one security guard described it as he repeatedly told me to leave, that they made sure these large barricades were in place before many arrived.

This additional elevated vantage point would have been greatly appreciated by spectators to last Saturday’s parade wanting to show their support for our troops whether they were elderly, disabled, veterans or not.

For a bank that is already suffering from the image of being “against our troops” by their recent illegal foreclosure tactics against our U.S. servicemen, last Saturday was a real missed opportunity. As ABC News reported on Nov. 11th, 2011:

At least 160 active members of the U.S. military had their homes “illegally foreclosed upon” by the Bank of America, according to the Justice Department.

One thing the execs at Bank of America could have done was spend a few dollars and help area veterans, who could not easily make it to this event, and position them on their patio so they could enjoy the parade and show their support as well. I guess the brain trust at BofA missed that one.

Oh, but that would cost more than just requesting barricades to keep out those wanting to welcome home our brave servicemen and servicewomen. I suppose when you have presidents bail-out your bank to the tune of $45 Million, you don’t have to worry about PR or doing the ‘right thing’ like other businesses. No fear of failure here.
~Tom in NC


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0 responses to “Bank of Anti-America

  1. you mean people are surprised by this, big banks only love us for our tax money

  2. Just what one would expect from Bank of Amigo.

  3. Shocking and disheartening. Let Bank of America know your disapproval:
    Bank of America
    800 Market
    St. Louis, MO 63101
    314-466-6117 (this is probably a national BofA number)
    Better yet, write a review about the bank on Yahoo:

  4. Let’s see now, it was named Banko De Vaticano (Vatican Bank), then when it came to America they named it Banko De Italia ( Bank of Italy) it got a bad name by dealing with the Mafia, so they named it Bank of America.
    So what do you expect from a bunch of Vatican Mafia criminals.
    I say screw em.

    • If you continue with your religious and ethnic bigotry, Mike Griffin, you’ll be banned from FOTM.
      The Bank of America was never nor was it ever named Vatican Bank. It was founded by Amadeo Giannini, whose parents were Italian immigrants but he himself was born in San Jose, California. From Wikipedia:
      “The history of Bank of America dates back to 1904, when Amadeo Giannini founded the Bank of Italy in San Francisco in an effort to cater to immigrants denied service by other banks. In 1922, Giannini established Bank of America and Italy in Italy by buying Banca dell’Italia Meridionale, the latter established in 1918. On March 7, 1927, Giannini consolidated his Bank of Italy (101 branches) with the newly formed Liberty Bank of America (175 branches). The result was the Bank of Italy National Trust & Savings Association with capital of $30 Billion, and resources of $115 Billion. In 1928, A. P. Giannini merged with Bank of America, Los Angeles and consolidated it with his other bank holdings to create what would become the largest banking institution in the country. He renamed the Bank of Italy on November 3, 1930, calling it Bank of America.”

  5. Someone in the St. Louis City Hall must have given the orders for these barricades. Where was the Mayor?

  6. Oh, but antisocial Occupy St. Louis type were okay…

    • Oh but ‘of course’ Anon! Ugh… 🙁
      Slay, the mayor of my beloved home of STL, is a socialist slug who could care less. If BofA wants to be $%#@# about the parade and the welcoming home of our beloved troops… and the OWS wants to camp-out everywhere and anywhere, his motto is “More power to ’em!” But if conservs, or repubs decide to have anything of benefit to them, out come the claws and the petitions to nix it!

  7. Andrea dollen

    Bank of America hires Andrea Dollen as Business Systems Administrator Assistant Vice President. She has not filed her last five years in income taxes. That don’t look good for Bank of America


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