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Today was Easter and the day was spent with my elderly parents. I wasn't sure how protesting on Easter would come off. It seems like the kind of day people would just be chilling and if they see some guy protesting about Chase bank it might not go over as well as on practically any other day.
Anyways, I plan on doing a "make-up" hour tomorrow for today.
I also want to take a moment and recall five people that I interacted with this past week during my protests. The first was Klaus. I really don't get what he was about. It seems a lot of what he said wasn't true. He said that the employees at the former WAMU at 6633 Topanga Canyon that was now a Chase Bank liked working for Chase better, and that they were paid better. Yet the Chase Bank at 6400 Platt Ave. in West Hills claims that there were no raises of any kind when Chase took over. hmmmm. Klaus seemed to not listen to me when we spoke, he seemed to have all of his answers pre-made and if I asked him a question he sort of went back to his talking points, which actually had nothing to do with the purpose of my protest.
There was the local tow truck company that had a metal gate that made it easy to hand my Daily-Protest.com sign on his fence. However, probably because I didn't ask him first, he was kind of snippy when he came out, a bit rude as well. I didn't have the desire to tell him that our family had used his companies services in the past. Rather, I felt sorry for the guy. He's trying to protect what his without realizing that what Chase is doing with their credit cards will cost him business. The Owner comes out to give me a piece of his mind as I was taking this picture of the rainbow. Even one of his employees was snippy as he left. I think I recognized him as being one of the tow truck drivers that had actually towed a one of our cars home in the past. Luckily, the positive responses and interest far outweigh the occasional anti-protest no mattter what the protest is mentality that seems to reside in a small percentage of the population.
Then there was Chas, a younger gentleman who hates the government and wants to see it changed for the better. His friend held the Daily-Protest.com sign while we talked. He had actually walked by me the day before at another location, but that prior non-contact sort of nudged him into noticing me the second time around. Everything lays the foundation for future things. Success is usually built in steps.
MIke took the time to stop and park his car, talk, and even call a friend who also was angry at Chase, but for an entirely different reason. Mike's friend claims that WAMU was stolen by Chase for literally pennies on the dollar, which resulted in WAMU share holders getting royally ripped off. If this is true, then this just makes Chase's action against their best paying customers that much more reprehensible. Apparently, the head of the SEC is now running Chase. I am trying to recall if this person is cushy with the Barack Obama camp. This is starting to smell big time.
Finally, a rather skittish woman walking a poodle came by on Saturday at the Studio City rally. She hurriedly walked by me and make a snide remark that I didn't know what I was talking about. I said I didn't as she walked away, her poodle leading the way. I proceeded to tell her that I did know what I was talking about, that I was direct recipient of Chase's actions, and that 14 class action lawsuits had already been filed.
As I walked away she turn from being a third of the way across ventura blvd and came back and attempted to discuss the issue with me. The problem was she apparently was very rattled that I was even out there at all. Her friend had told her that something was up with Chase but she wasn't sure what it was. Perhaps she thought her own Chase mortgage or some other financial product was going to increase and she clearly would not be able to handle it.
When she found it was a credit card situation, she seemed a bit relieved, apparently she had jumped to a conclusion that I was out there for another reason. Of course it was her choice to not just ask me what my protest was about, and not to check ot the website address and learn. Remember what I previously wrote about divide and conquer strategy. Take out small groups of people at a time, and all the other groups are relieved it was not them that was target. The groups that already have been ripped off and nobody came to help them, they then smugly watch and do nothing as they see others get the same illegal treatment they got. That is called divide and conquer.
Anyways, the lady claimed my message wasn't clear. I asked her to come up with a four word slogan that is as easy to understand as CHASE, KEEP YOUR WORD! as she walked away with her dog. She probably would have tried coming up with something and telling me on her way back, but I decided to leave as I had put over two hours already and I have other commitments that need ongoing, daily attention. I think my one two punch of a four word slogan, and the second sign having a website on it is a very effective way to raise awareness.
If Chase really want to accelerate money from consumers coming back into the bank, just give some incentives to customers rather than using heavy handed tactics such as unilaterally forcing customers to suddenly come up with 250 percent more in payments every month.