The first wrong turn
When thrift was punished. Can you believe it? This was the first wrong turn when propriety gave way to greed. When my generation was children in schools, we were encouraged to save by buying stamps, one stamp a day or a week, or even a month. Then we pasted the stamps into a book and when the book was full, brought it to the post office for entry into our savings account. We were encouraged to save, 5c or 10c at a time. Then some wise guys decided that small savers were a waste of time. Big banks didn't need savers that brought in 10c or 20c. No, not even a few hundred dollars. The big banks had no time for small people. So they made the small people pay a fee to keep their money in the banks which were meant for big and rich people. In other words, small people should not waste the time of big banks and bring their small money elsewhere. I lost my $200 in a deposit account which I forgot totally. too many accounts. Actually it was a leftover of an investment account. The bank just kept deducting the monthly $2 fee until it was empty. And they did not see it as their responsibility to rob me of my money. Happily they took my money away. This was the first sign of rot in a society when thrift was punished. If I am not mistaken, a local bank is rewinding the clock and is encouraging the children to open savings accounts again. I hope they do not charge them administrative fee if the amounts in the savings accounts are too small. Good riddance to greed and greedy men.