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!