Suicide, Omen or Political Murder: 2014 Banker Death Count Reaches Double Digits…
Another banker death was reported last week, this one in Paris, and when lumped together with the demise of at least a dozen others recently, it certainly appears there might be a conspiracy afoot whose masterminds are targeting them for death.
From the consumer side of the equation it’s not hard to imagine someone might want to kill a banker, or have one killed. A few years ago I hit a financial sinkhole, where the money coming in was far less than the amount of money needing to go out. As a result, I over drafted my bank account by one dollar and some change. This triggered an over-draft fee $35 to be assessed to the account. Rather than settling the account immediately, I opted to pay a few bills, buy some food and let it ride until the next check came in. When I finally put some cash back in the account, I found out it was in the hole by more than $300.
Apparently after so many days with my account in the hole, it triggered another set of fees. This time, it was daily fees of $35 for every day that passed without settling the account. So my mistake of over drafting the account by an amount one no greater than what one might find in change lying underneath the driver’s seat of the car, became a bill equaling more than a minimum wage worker in the US makes in a 40-hour work week.
Practices like these are infuriating, especially when you think about the interest payments that are given to bank customers with healthy accounts. The healthier the account, the more more interest, aka free money, the bank gives you. The more unhealthy the account, the more hard-earned money bank takes from you.
This doesn’t even take into account the banking industry’s culpability in US housing market collapses and other more global economic struggles they have been credited with causing.
So it’s surprising to find an angry mob of consumers aren’t the culprits most often placed at the center of conspiracy theories around the recent deaths. Instead, the predominant conspiracy theories surrounding the deaths claim they are being orchestrated by big shots from the administrative side of the banking industry — government.
A banker, known only as Lydia, leaped from her office window Tuesday, April 22, at Bred-Banque-Populaire in France and fell to her death. She is the tenth banker, and possibly even the 33rd depending on the source, to be killed, or to have committed suicide, in 2014.
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