Banning ATM Fees

American Voicespatriotism ISSUE 35•42 Nov 17, 1999

On Nov. 2, voters in San Francisco and Santa Monica approved ordinances banning banks from charging ATM fees to non-customers. In response, several banks in the cities blocked non-customers from using their cash machines. What do you think?

  • “I don't think it's right for a business to charge money for a service it provides.”

    Teresa Bossy –
    Student

  • “ATM fees? Who cares? As a Californian, the issue I'm most concerned about is where I can get a reasonably priced mocha enema.”

    Paul Goring –
    Photographer

  • “That little man inside the machine who has to process the orders and stick the money through the slot deserves that $1 tip.”

    Michael Gillies –
    Cook

  • “What do you mean fees? I thought Bank of America was making my money work for me!"

    William Merrick –
    Landscaper

  • “ATM fees? Who cares? As a Californian, the issue I'm most concerned about is where I can get a reasonably priced mocha enema.”

    Ron Langevin –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Eliminating ATM fees is only the beginning. The struggle for justice will not truly be over until money materializes directly into people's hands.”

    Diana Melanson –
    Herpetologist