Occupy Oakland Protesters Deposit Funds At Wells Fargo After Bank Attacks

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — A group of Oakland anti-Wall Street protesters who blame large banks for the economic downturn have decided that one of those institutions is the best place to stash their money for now.

Protesters at an Occupy Oakland meeting Monday voted to deposit a $20,000 donation into a Wells Fargo account. The move comes just days after one of Wells Fargo’s branches was vandalized during a massive downtown demonstration.

An Occupy statement said the money only will be with Wells Fargo temporarily while they work to establish an account with a credit union or community bank. Protesters said it was the easiest way to access the money to bail out people from jail.

Wells Fargo spokesman Ruben Pulido said the move demonstrates that Occupy Oakland recognizes the value and service the bank provides its customers.

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  • Anderson Mike

    Wells Fargo should keep the money to pay for the damage expenses the protesters caused.

    • BillyB

      Look at these hypocrite’s. Degenerate, jobless people. Instead of trying to find work they have decided to become an even bigger economic drain on the citys that they live in. I am ashamed these people want to be called Americans.

      • Guapi

        Primarily a bunch of dopers who just found more attractive and free real estate on which to live/camp. The president and former speaker of the house were gung-ho to use these drones to further their socialist cause but they ended up being such a colletive mess that you don’t even hear Obama and Pelosi paying lip service to them anymore. And yet, the encampments are growing!



      • Plutocrat03

        then why put you money there?

      • Constitution First


        Your freedom ends when it tramples someone else’s and that includes businesses.

        You don’t like some business, stop doing business with them.

        But when you keep me from going about my affairs, my pursuit of happiness, you’re violating the basic tenets of what it means to be an American.

        You’re acting like the thugs who have ruined Europe.

        Shouting in my face only makes me dig-in my heels that much harder.

    • Fred

      WF should charge these morons $20k in service charges. After all, they’re not charging $5/month for a debit card.

    • Derpper

      I think you are missing the point…..

    • Mike

      You need money in order to have a fair trial in the USA.

    • john steele

      The Evil. Wells Fargo should tell them to pound sand.. They’ll just spend it on more drugs or send to the Head Communist Obama

    • cal

      This is how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. WElls got their money gives them no intrest or 1% then loans it out for 8% or better.. Wells probably hopes OWS will park millions in their bank?

      • Iman Azol

        Hunter: What do you base your argument on? If the CEO provides jobs and income for more than 400 people (sometimes tens of thousands), then his benefit to the company exceeds that of 400 bottom wage earners. Therefore, his compensation should match.

        He’s getting paid more because he’s worth more.

        Generally, the people upset by this basic math do so because they realize they’re worthless.

      • Harley Dee

        So The OWS crowd would like to regulate salaries and wages??? Who gets to decide?

      • Hunter

        @Caonf Sand

        It’s not that income inequality is inherently bad, it’s that it’s out of control. Like most things, it’s a matter of degree.

        The CEO’s of a company SHOULD NOT be making, on average, 400 times what the lowest employee makes. Their job really isn’t that important–frankly, nobody’s is. If you look around, in other countries for example, that number might be ten or twenty times the base workers pay. And that IS reasonable. Hell, it was like that in America up until the 80’s and onward. I think this has had more of an effect than people realize.

      • Canof Sand

        Hey, idiot. The rich are getting richer, sure, but the poor are getting richer, too. If you think “income inequality” is inherently wrong, you are what the Communists call a “useful idiot.” We’re not in a perfect system, but income inequality WOULD BE PRESENT under a perfect system because people would be paid based on merit and some people do more than others.

      • smithers.smithers.smithers

        WF already invested their measly $20,000 via Wall Street. Ha ha ha.

    • cal

      OWS should fight fire with fire, Incorporate and sell stock and get things going and not be greedy, start by selling OWS caps then diversify. Then if Wall Street wants to end it they can buy the stock we will all be rich and……………………….

    • daviru

      Exactly what I was going to say.

    • Nayeli

      You can’t write this stuff! LOL!

    • cm

      what did obama know, and when did he know it?

      • Buck O'Fama

        OBAMA/BIDEN 2012…Because REAL Change Takes 8 Years.

        You stupid Obot, get DUH WON’s man balloon out of your mouth so we can understand you.

        Obimbo the MOTUS is a marxist tool and an enemy of this country. Report me you sack of feces.

      • harry

        Imagine being reported to AttackWatch the phoniest of phony web sites, next they will be telling their mommy on you

      • J22

        Just goes to show, People know something is wrong, but have no real direction


      • Dunce

        What are the odds that this is taxpayer money from government grants to non profit organizations like ACORN that are supposed to be nonpolitical. their own signs say that they are socialists and communists or you might say regular democrats.

      • Guapi

        We’ll probably never know the truth. Where is 60 Minutes to do one of their hit pieces now? Another Democrat Administration gets a pass once again. How predictable…

      • steamdwarf

        at this point it is ALL obama’s fault!

      • Phillip Errup

        “President Obama continues to express his commitment to the Occupy Wall Street protesters.”

        Hmm, Scarf, I guess he DOES have something to do with it. Unless you believe that the President of the United States has no power or influence. He wields the Presidency like a 4 year old with his Dad’s gun.


      • Cowboy


      • Scarf

        The best way to expose how stupid you can be is to drag Obama into something that he obviously had nothing to do with. Try saying something intelligent so we don’t think you’re a loser teen age POS.

      • OBAMA/BIDEN 2012...Because REAL Change Takes 8 Years.

        I just reported you to http://www.AttackWatch.net

        Stop The Smears!

      • Dave Turner

        Nothing at all, and January 20, 2009.

      • sedunning

        you better hide under your bed. Some guy just reported you to AttackWatch.

  • caligula

    The comment by the bank is classic. They passively aggressively destroyed the entire movement with a single statement.

    • Justin

      When they deposited the money, show an itemized list of damages that occured and then stick them with a $19,999.00 processing fee.

    • colamil

      Gotta love all the talk of hypocritical protestors, coming from people who think banks should illegally take possession of the money that’s not theirs to take, and be justified because they don’t like the politics of the people who deposited it.

      • Greg Phillips

        What I read was someone suggesting they hold and money until such time as the protestors pay for all the damage they did to the WF branch in Oakland. I’d have my lawyers looking into what legal options the bank has and then move forward in trying to get renumeration for the damages caused by them.

      • Canof Sand

        And just who, exactly, ACTUALLY thinks the banks should do that? Hint: If you point to someone engaging in some hyperbole or rhetoric designed simply to make a point, such as, oh, I don’t know… the ONLY person here who made a statement like that… you fail.

      • smithers.smithers.smithers

        Yes, you alone have a correct grasp of the whole picture. Thanks for the update. You need to adjust your tinfoil hat. Some of that conspiracy stuff is still leaking through.

    • Steve Johnson

      It just doesn’t get any better than that. Cut it, save it and paste in in the encyclopedia under classic examples of mob hypocrisy and the grace with which the bank handled it.


    • 53Percent

      I know, it was totally cool, wasn’t it ? I’m lovin’ it !

    • Norton Burgess

      And that my friends is the beauty of karma.

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  • jake49

    They’re going to need it once they get sued for the damaged caused. Ha haaaa

    • smithers.smithers.smithers

      Or until someone passing by slips on their sh1t and hurts themselves. Any takers?

  • Vincent Williams

    Yup, seize the funds until all damages are paid for.

  • Jay

    Wells Fargo should take the money and distribute it to homeless. Isn’t that what the left wants to do …..redistribute the wealth? Give it to those less fortunate.

    • Mr. Briggs

      Like they’d ever actually do that.

      If they did, it would be incredible goodwill of them.

    • joej

      i love all these ideas!

  • keith

    Liberalism is a philosphy of contridiction.

    • Julie78787

      And the modern political right is a party of illiterates.

      The word is “contradiction”. If you knew how words work, you could even figure out the meaning without a dictionary.

      At least when I was a Young Republican back in the ’80s we were literate. And far better educated than the mental misfits who’ve since taken over the GOP.

      • Mikey

        I see what you did there Phillip!

      • Miss Manners?

        If you are going to throw such stones, I would suggest avoiding run-on and incomplete sentences. The political right must be intellectually reeling from the loss of your membership.

      • smithers.smithers.smithers

        Enough about the spelling already! Who cares? What a bunch of nitpickers! Instead, how about offering a solution and contributing something useful for a change?

        Instead of nitpicking, why not offer intelligent advice that is on topic? Unless, of course, the future of your modern political Left is a party of illiterate, uneducated and unwashed b00bs occupying public property with no clear mandate or direction.

      • Phillip Errup

        Either you’re lying about being in the Young Republicans, or you were just in it for the hot chicks.

    • The White Rabbit

      Wow, anyone with a bit of intelligence wonders how 40 comments can all be so similar. Whoever bought these commenters, please encourage them to throw in a little bit of credibility.

      • John Sabotta

        Because if anybody disagrees with you they can’t be sincere or honest; anybody who disagrees with you, the moral arbiter of this or any other age, must secretly know that you are always right, and they are only contradicting you because they were paid off to do so or they are mindlessly repeating slogans they don’t understand.

        That’s exactly how you see yourself, and it’s exactly how you see the rest of us. Isn’t it?

      • Crosshairball

        It’s called common sense of which you seems to be lacking.

      • Therrion

        What like you? You sound like your typical liberal a ss. The only reason you limp d icks can talk smack is because you are thousands of miles away, looking for the next snide comment to drop on a conservative.

      • Max17

        You seem to qualify as having a ‘bit’ of intelligence. No more.

  • M.S

    how ironic….blaming the big banks for “causing the down turn,” yet putting your money in one of them. Hey, instead of bailing people out of jail (in which they will probably be out in a couple of days weeks or months anyways) why not take that $20K and help those small business clean up the mess you guys made?

  • MadCharles

    They’re frauds. A product of the public schools.

    • Crosshairball

      Great comment. Exactly. Public brainwashing / edjubacation has hypnotized society and stolen my country. Them and the Federal Reserve of course.

  • Mallen

    I’m sure it was a leaderless decision to deposit the money.

    Hypocritical liberal oafs.

    • Dave Turner

      Now, now, you know how hard it is to install a safe in a dome tent. Maybe Occupy doesn’t trust their own campers?

      • Stoners Suck

        Really, they had to get the money into an account because otherwise they’d be too tempted to spend the whole $20k on junk food when they get stoned and get crazy munchies.

        Stoners – there is no dumber group. Don’t legalize stupidity.

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  • Matman

    Now why would the OWS crowd need money to bail out people from jail?….I thought these people promote peaceful demonstrations….ooooppppps, I’m sorry I confused OWS with the Tea Party…never mind…

    • notafollower

      MORON….really? Tea party..talk about a bunch on uneducated followers, who ironically most are part of the 99% but buy into this dream of being the 1% that they will sell themselves out..

      • Canof Sand

        OWS is largely composed of students (education incomplete) and dropouts. Per Gallup, the Tea Party is above average on the education front.

      • smithers.smithers.smithers

        At least the Tea Partiers were smart enough to get jobs instead of lying around in the muck in their own sh1t.
        But as for uneducated, you sound like you get all your “facts” from the Lame Stream Media. Time to get with it, dude.

  • lukuj

    Hypocrisy on display. And just why should anyone believe anything these people do, say, or demand?

  • Luke Stone

    Do what I say, not what I do. They must have taken a class with Al Gore.


  • Fanny Forbes Franklen


    The real enemy is the Federal Reserve. They have just refunded the beast.

    End The Fed that Ends the Wars that Ends the Police State …


  • cm

    i’m wondering where the $20k came from — maybe ACORN, or some other democratic front organization?

    • keep going

      trolls are everywhere in this thread. idiots…

      • Rodger Ellis

        Is there a point in you comment? No, guess not….

    • Carney Assada

      That was the first question that popped into my mind. My guess is that it is linked to Soros in some way. It certainly didn’t come from the “gimme gimme” losers in the crowd.

      • Rodger Ellis

        You are 100% correct. The money behind the “occupy” comes from Soros and other communist organizations. Here’s the list:

        Communist Party USA
        American Nazi Party
        Ayatollah Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran
        Barack Obama
        The government of North Korea
        Korean Central News Agency (North Korean state-controlled news outlet), The Marxist-Leninist, Wall Street Journal, Times of India
        Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam
        Revolutionary Communist Party
        David Duke
        Joe Biden
        Hugo Chavez
        Mother Jones, Reuters, Examiner.com
        Revolutionary Guards of Iran
        Black Panthers (original)
        Socialist Party USA
        US Border Guard
        Industrial Workers of the World
        Nancy Pelosi
        Communist Party of China
        International Bolshevik Tendency
        White Revolution
        International Socialist Organization
        PressTV (Iranian government outlet)
        Marxist Student Union
        Freedom Road Socialist Organization
        Party for Socialism and Liberation

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  • nick

    Sounds like they’re rubbing it in the banks faces. Fools.

    • ambivelentone

      only a fool could see it that way…

  • Gringo

    Wells Fargo should use those funds to repair any damage from the previous encounter. These morons are past pathetic !!!!

  • JohnRalph

    Obama’s brand of socialism, which is an amalgamation of the Nationalist and Communist varieties despises America.

    Except Islamic America, which is an excellent example of both types since it is a religion that through Sharia Law controls every aspects of one’s life. Virtually enslaving the believer.

    National SOCIALIST German WORKERS Party, referred to in English as the NAZI Party (socialism for the German ‘Teutonic’ Race), In reality though no different than the left’s socialism.

    Like Stalin, for the white Russians, or Pol Pot, for the Khmer Rouge, or Ho Chi Minh, for the Viet Minh, or Mao, for the Han Chinese.

    Socialist Gods that brought death and misery to tens if not hundreds of millions of humans.

    Let us not forget our SOCIALIST God, Mein Lord God High Führer Obama, for America’s liberal elite, Muslims and welfare voters on the dole.

  • josh

    what a bunch of morons, what they dont have any credit unions in oakland…I think it’s safe to say OWS in Oakland has been co-opted.

  • Susan Gate

    liberalism … is a mental illness… what a bunch of morons… unfortunately they make up 20% of the population… can they all be sterilized for free???? I ‘lll donate for that cause.

    • Silly Liberals - paychecks are for workers!

      Show me where to donation line is! i’ll give up all my wealth to rid us of these people!!!!

    • 1%of1%

      What a disgusting and deplorable comment.

      • Angela Box

        Sign me up! Sterilize the Left! They’re not big fans of that whole “product of conception” thing anyway.

        I am laughing myself silly over the smugness of the commie replies. Can’t you just see them pontificating with their eyes closed while smelling their own farts? (Best South Park ever.)

  • Susan Gate

    The OWS went to NY and were going to protest Wall St. … but they couldn’t find the wall…Oh well..

    • patriotgamer

      you need to read “Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution” to understand what really is happening.

  • Ward Walker

    Wow..Drudgebots don’t know what research means. First of all, some of the information in this report is non-factual and misleading. The money deposited went directly into a trust that is run by the attorney that is handling cases and bail for protesters arrested. The attorney and his office has already begun the process of moving the accounts to other establishments, but, as with all corporate and business dealings, these things take time. Of course, most of you will ignore this, or simply dismiss knowledge by ignorantly slinging ad hominem attack…. but these are the facts and your masters that tell you what to think have once again lied to you and made you fools. I pity you.

    • Constitution First

      Heh! Ignorantly slinging ad hominem attacks at fellow commentaries by calling them drudge-bots then accusing them of ignorantly slinging ad hominem attacks?

      LOL, You can’t make this stuff up folks!

      They name is Liberal, a graduate from the Alinski school of rhetoric.

    • nunya

      non-factual is false. Just say false lol.

      You prove the hypocrisy of these people by blatantly accepting the premise that its ok for them to try to destroy a capitalist institution while at the same time using it in their lives?

      You are truly lost to reality, I will apologize now, when the type of government you advocate does come to be, from your actions, your type will be ther first to be re-educated.

    • Max

      How does all that change a thing. The bigger story is the 20 grand. Kind of an even number. Not huge, not small. But big enough to make one suspicious

    • smithers.smithers.smithers

      “ignorantly slinging ad hominem attack”

      Is that why you start your comment with “Drudgebots”? But I apologize in advance because only you, yes, YOU, know which information is factual and non-misleading in this article.Why don’t you explain the whole thing to us, this time in your own words, oh wise one?

    • stoners go home

      Drudgebot says — Why hire an attorney that isn’t true to your cause and who supports the evil flthy stinking banks?!?!? Is it because the 0.001% (the real percentage of people in the OWS movement) didn’t trust a fellow stoner to handle their legal matters? No. They aren’t smart enough to know that a stoner shouldn’t be doing legal work.

      • smithers.smithers.smithers

        I hope the attorney deducts his fees first! Then the Occupoopers will have a tough time deciding what to do with the $10 they have left.

    • Phil Messing

      Why deposit the funds in any bank, when they’ve already stated they trust none of them. Seems they trust their lawyer and each other even less. I guess there is no honor among thieves after all.

    • Dave Turner

      I’m calling Bravo Sierra on your comment. Are you truly expecting all the people here that a trust account couldn’t be set up at a credit union? If an attorney had the money, why couldn’t they put it in *their* safe until such a vehicle could be set up at a credit union.

  • Arlessia Griggs

    Whose dirty money are they laundering?

    • Steve Johnson

      Obama campaign funds

      • Crosshairball

        LOL! Unfortunately you’re probably right.

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