Boycott. That's the only thing they will understand. Look what happened to Bank of Outrageous America: last I checked, their stock dropped 62% of its prior value. Good for them. Nothing they didn't deserve. They are one of the biggest rip off banks in America, crooks by another name.
Verizon will, slyly, let you off paying that 2 dollar fee IF you will give them monthly access to your bank balance or credit card. That way, when they slip in charges that don't belong there, you will either miss them or have to call and try to fight AFTER they have already been charged. Who is going to win on that one?
I am not outraged that corporations try to make profits. I am outraged that they will stop at nothing, that they don't acknowledge the recession and the difficult times people are going through and, they insist, their profits must go higher while the public goes lower economically,.
We exist in a society where the idea is to take as much as you can get, all the time, every day and never stop trying to get more. The people who put these policies in place drive expensive cars, live in big houses and take expensive vacations. If you want to pay for that from them, be my guest.
The best deals in cell phones are PAY AS YOU GO. Buy the phone and pay a set monthly bill, no extras. You have to give up some features, but unless you are a teenager, you can handle it..
Until the American public fights back, nothing will change. Every day, politicians of all stripes are warning us about the tyranny of government, the great fear about losing our freedoms, etc. No one talks about the way corporations are becoming more important than government and how they can dictate our lives in the most important way, financially. Corporations are becoming the new form of government, one that can’t be stopped or changed and one which has more money, and more data on our personal lives, than government ever has or ever will.
“Freedom” without a measure of economic freedom is meaningless. The corporate structure of American business wants to take every last dime and dollar everyone has and have us thank them for doing it. Verizon deserves whatever comes from the public anger building quickly around this new rip.
Doug Terry, 12.30.11