I just ran across an amusing article about how Canadian retiree Don Rogers expressed his displeasure with his bank when they outsourced their credit card processing to the United States. The main concern here was privacy. After all, according to Rogers, “once your personal data enters the United States, it becomes subject to American law.” Thus, “the Patriot Act could kick in and your information could be forcibly turned over to the American government.” When Rogers’ complaints were met with inaction, he took matters into his own hands. So how did he get their attention? He simply paid off his outstanding balance of $230… In 985 tiny installments of a few cents each! This resulted in a 35 page statement that wound up being nearly half an inch thick. This stunt caused a huge headache for the bank’s accounting department, and ultimately got the attention of the bank president. While it remains to be seen whether or not they’ll end up changing their policy, the lesson here (according to Rogers) is that “retired folks are dangerous. We have time on our hands.”
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