Occupy Geriatrics: Seniors in Walkers Shut Down Local Bank of America

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Dear Bank of America ...
What some healthy and spry Occupy Movements across the nation couldn't quite accomplish, San Francisco geriatrics have!

KCBS reports that a small group of senior citizens between the ages of 69 and 82 successfully shut down a Bank of America in Bernal Heights on Thursday with nothing more than walkers and oxygen tanks. That's right: No shouting, chanting, tear gas, or window-smashing.

The group, which dubbed itself "Wild Old Women" set up camp right outside the BofA, holding signs in what they were calling "a run on the bank."

While the protesters said they had no intention (or oxygen) of storming the bank, as occupiers in other communities have done, officials at Bank of America shut the doors and locked them as they spotted the slow-moving group make its way to the front of the bank.

So the seniors took a seat outside the bank where they explained their demands, which were no different than every other occupiers: They want lower fees, and they want the bank to pay higher taxes and stop the foreclosures.

"We're upset about what the banks are doing, particularly in our neighborhood and neighboring areas, in evicting people and foreclosing on their homes," 80-year-old Tita Caldwell told KCBS reporters. "We're upset because the banks are raising their rates, because it really affects seniors who are on a fixed income."

And that's just no way to spend your Golden Years.

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Mark Denman
Mark Denman

I am pretty sure that every bank (including the "evil" B of A) has a no fee account for seniors.

Phido 2
Phido 2

Yo...Clinton, Cisneros, Reno, Dodd, Frank, Acorn & Bush are totally blameless.  Whoa!!

selvan radde
selvan radde

Walkers can make it easier for the people to get around and is compact, portable and simple to use. Walkers

Lovsang
Lovsang

seniors are a wise group to say the least

me
me

good going, see age doesnt matter we are united as the 99%!

 Rev. Allen J. Hinand
Rev. Allen J. Hinand

RIGHT ON---------   The Grey Panthers of our nation are rising up and confronting the sick powers to be!!!   Let's organize all of the retirement communities in the nation.  We have a great deal to say and experience to back it up. 

GREY POWER

beth simmons
beth simmons

Awesome! There is not excuse for not getting politically involved with keeping our freedoms. Stop SOPA and PIPA. I heard that Apple is the biggest supporter of these two malicious bills. Occupy Apple. Call their customer service.Pass out flyers at their stores. They are very image conscious. I am proud to be an American. I had my oxygen tank while working a Ron Paul table at a local gun show.

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RON PAUL, MS. SIMMONS!!!

Skinder
Skinder

These wild old women are fantastic, who said feminism is dead. It is a pity so many of the comments are about trivial aspects of the action. The plight of elderly women in the world is very serious. Due to years of childrearing, work discrimination, low pay, domestic demands etc women as a group have less money in their old age. Many do not own their own homes. I am from Austalia and the situation is the same. However your anti supporting low income type USA policies provide banks with too many rights. At last there is some social concience in the USA. Wow, maybe you will have a decent health and Education system soon like the rest of the developed world. Sylvia Australia

Dtodom
Dtodom

This is not only an outrage but a story of never giving up when justice is clearly being violated! Go granny its your birthday keep it up don't let the man get you down!

Samuraiadi
Samuraiadi

You GO, WILD OLD WISE WOMEN!!!  I am right there with you, it's time to speak out in many areas!

VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

Another restaurant cliaimed to use freshmozz arella cheese,where it's dishes were actually made with economycheddar.the "fresh pasta"advertieshed on another meau tumed out to befrozen.--Agedate. ℃⊙M--a nice and free placefor younger women and older men,or older women and younger men,to interact witheach other. 

VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

Another restaurant cliaimed to use freshmozz arella cheese,where it's dishes were actually made with economycheddar.the "fresh pasta"advertieshed on another meau tumed out to befrozen.--Agedate. ℃⊙M--a nice and free placefor younger women and older men,or older women and younger men,to interact witheach other.

VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

I am a 27 years old doctor,mature and beautiful. and now i am seeking a good man who can give me real love, so i got a sername Andromeda2002 on  Agedate.СòM, a nice and free place for younger women and older men,or older women and younger men, to interact with each other.Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends. 

LuLu
LuLu

Yay! More mentally insane people join the Occupy crowd!

Kristi Kille
Kristi Kille

That's a very bad picture they used here!!  I wish they would remove the pic!!

ItsKROOKS
ItsKROOKS

Great Job Shutting Down BOA! 

It solved so many different financial problems Oakland is facing!

Donna
Donna

I think both the picture and the article accurately portray the truth that all protesters of all ages of race, color, creed are united against the corruption of corporate greed!  I say thank you grannies for graphically enlightening those who are demonizing  the American people who are speaking up and out!   You've earned the right to raise your finger

Pamwalton
Pamwalton

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Sandra Fisher
Sandra Fisher

If they don't like doing business with Bank of America, there are other banks and financial institutions who will gladly take their business.  I suggest credit unions or mutual banks if  you want to have a say in the business and have lower fees.

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Britelatina
Britelatina

Sad to see to see how many people miss the point and are debating the picture, instead of giving credit to the courage that it take sto come together and stand up to BoA. I'm proud of the women, would be nice to get more people in that same group to do more of this action nation wide.

pattreid
pattreid

Hey folks, the action of the women is of more importance than the photo. Let's us our energy addressing the serious issues the women were addressing instead of the superficial issues. Bravo to Wild Old Women. I'm right there with you, and I ain't no spring chicken.

Miriam Pia
Miriam Pia

Way to go!  These women - I wonder if they were active protesters when young women in the 60s or even 50s or if these are women who have grown up and relaxed and lived and learned enough to actually Protest Now!  Impressive.

Philosophical Ranter
Philosophical Ranter

So much for the stereotyping Occupy groups get from opposition and the media.

Lesley
Lesley

You go, girls!  Thank you!!!

Ghf
Ghf

OK!!! All right! It's not nice tomess with us seniors... better Watch out.

Bw
Bw

The only "Golden Years" are for the banks, other corporations and companies CEO's, presidents, executives etc. Getting millions in bonuses while charging more and higher fees to those who need the money just to live. I think our countries founders are turning in their graves seeing how this country has become a nation of greedy non caring tyrants worried about their ivory palaces while others live in run down homes with barely enough $ to buy food. So much for "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness", although most of those with fixed incomes have more Happiness than the greedy money whores.

L_IZATT
L_IZATT

WAY TO GO , WILD OLD WOMEN , SHOW THESE YOUNG OCCUPIERS THAT THEY CAN INCLUDE THE ELDERS AND MAKE A REAL STRONG STATEMENT THAT IT'S JUST NOT LOSERS AS SOME MAYORS AND SENATORS WOULD LIKE EVERYONE TO BELIEVE . THERE ALL OUT OF WORK LOSERS FOR A REASON , LIKE THE FALL OF AMERICA IN 2008 . HAS ANYONE REALLY BEEN PUNISHED FOR THE HAVOC THEY CAUSED ALL OVER THE WORLD . ABSOLUTLEY NOT THEY GOT A CASH- GRAB BAIL-OUT BY THE TAXPAYERS AROUND THE WORLD AND USED AND ABUSED THE MONIES . WHILE NOW THE WHOLE WORLD IS PAYING THE PRICE FOR THERE MISTAKES . BUT LIKE I SAID NO ONE HAS EVEN BEEN CHARGED . MAKES ME WONDER WHAT KIND OF CONSPIRASY THE GOVERMENT GOT INTO THIS TIME . AND ALL ON THE BACKS OF US HARD WORKING PEOPLE STILL BEING USED AND ABUSED . THE FINGER TO YOU PRESIDENTS, AND PRIMINISTERS , AND ALL U RICH P----.

Green WhatElse
Green WhatElse

I'm sorry, I just had to share this twice, this is so utterly great. Every generation, damn near every country in the world is rising up in rebellion against their unelected monied Oligarchy that run people's governments regardless of whether they're classified as Totalitarian, Democratic, Theocratic, Communist, the citizens of all countries of all ages have had enough. Go get 'em, grandma! Gods bless you, kick corporate ass!!!

Irene_raby
Irene_raby

As a 70 year old woman in Iowa who uses a rollator to get around, I applaud the actions of the "Wild Old Women,." My daughter just e-mailed the article to me. I would have loved to have seen a photo of all the "Wild Old Women" but I do understand that the newspapers are not doing well and most probably cannot afford to send a photographer out. But I'm thankful it made the paper and the internet so I was able to see it.  Their action took courage and I salute them.Irene Raby

Dianna Harris
Dianna Harris

I'm sooooo proud of all of you.  When the girl at the window asked me why I was closing my account I just said one word......OCCUPY.  Then I went back and paid my last BofA visa bill with a check from a credit union.  Then I cut up their visa card and their debit card in front of her and asked her to put them in the trash.

GaiaLogic
GaiaLogic

Yeah, all those "anarchists" smashing windows and storming the banks. Where did this happen again? I must have missed it.The police would have teargassed and beat these old people too if they could get away with it.

Get a clue.

sharonjackson
sharonjackson

Way to go. Call them "spry" and belittle them. That is a word I loathe. It is demeaning. Why not fit, why not able? Capable? Savvy?

Rblewisnyc
Rblewisnyc

While I agree that an actual photograph from the demonstrators would have been better (Seems that everyone has some type of camera these days) What difference does it make. Could have images of Grandpa Simpson or even Grandpa Munster.

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