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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Corporate Douchebag of the Week: First National Bank of Wellston, Ohio

We’re all familiar with news stories about whacked-out narcotics agents bursting into the wrong house, ransacking the premises and terrorizing the occupants at gunpoint.  First National Bank of Wellston, Ohio has a new variation:  While Katie Barnett, of MacArthur, Ohio, was away on vacation, the bank’s hired thugs broke into her home and stole or destroyed most of her possessions.

OOPS.  First National Bank had intended to foreclose and repossess the house across the street.  But this wasn’t the bank’s fault.  A faulty GPS guided the hoodlums to the wrong house.

Not only is Katie Barnett NOT behind on her mortgage payments — she has no connection whatsoever with First National Bank.

Katie Barnett presented the president of the bank with a bill for $18,000 as compensation for her property that was damaged or stolen by First National Bank’s goons.  The bank president refused to pay her.  She said:

“He got very firm with me and said, ‘We’re not paying you retail here, that’s just the way it is.’”

Retail??? The perp should have to pay the full retail value PLUS a huge fine and/or jail sentence.  Try getting caught shoplifting and saying “Aw come on, do I have to pay the full retail value of these items?”

Katie Barnett then went to the police, who told her that the case had already been closed.

The linked article doesn’t give the name of the bank president.  But I hope his name, address and photo are plastered all over every telephone pole and bulletin board in Wellston and MacArthur, Ohio.  Come on, townspeople — Grab your pitchforks and Take No Prisoners!

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Blogger BadTux said...

The douchebag already posted his statement. He claims that they don't owe $17K because the house was pretty much empty when they got there, and the front door was unlocked when they got there so it wasn't breaking and entry. Because, y'know, everybody empties their house and leaves the front door unlocked before going on vacation, right?

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

July 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

If I keep slapping my forehead at this rate I may have to get a new one. So many douchebags out there.

July 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

BT: Thanks for the link. Interesting info. So the bank douchebag complains that nobody from the media tried to contact him and get his side of the story; and yet the Think Progress article says they contacted the bank to ask for any comments or statements, and nobody from the bank returned their call.

Jim: LOL. So many douchebags and only one forehead.

July 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No case is closed if new evidence is introduced and if the locals are bought off, since banks are regulated federally a call to the bank people and the US attorney would be more in line.

A friend of a friend got a bogus 100 bill and tried to turn it in to the bank, despite that it is their duty to do so, they refused.


July 28, 2013 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: That makes sense, that federal regulations would trump a local police department saying the "case is closed."

As far as the bogus hundred dollar bill is concerned, I don't think banks are required to exchange counterfeit money for the real thing, or exchange foreign currency, or to give change (giving you a roll of quarters in exchange for a $20 bill). I hope I'm wrong about that, but that's my understanding.

July 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Banks are supposed to report it, (call Treasury or FBI) and make a statement. They aren't supposed to just dismiss you


July 29, 2013 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Thanks. That makes sense.

July 30, 2013 at 1:54 PM  

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