‘Wild Old Women’ Close San Francisco Bank Of America Branch

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – It was a slow-moving Occupy Wall Street protest, but it was an effective one. A dozen senior citizens calling themselves “the wild old women” succeeded in closing a Bank of America branch in Bernal Heights Thursday.

The women, aged 69 to 82, who live at the senior home up Mission street from the Bernal Heights Bank of America branch, decided to hold their own protest by doing what they called a “run on the bank.”

Tita Caldwell, 80, who led the charge of women with walkers and wheelchairs, said that they’re demanding the bank lower fees, pay higher taxes, and stop foreclosing on, and evicting, homeowners.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

”We’re upset about what the banks are doing, particularly in our neighborhood and neighboring areas, in evicting people and foreclosing on their homes,” said Caldwell. “We’re upset because the banks are raising their rates because it really affects seniors who are on a fixed income.”

As they arrived, Bank of America closed and locked its doors, to the surprise and delight of the elderly protestors, who said that they had no intention of storming the bank.

The women waved signs, but didn’t march or chant, with one woman on supplemental oxygen adding that the group was too old for that.

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  • PeepsRepublik

    Just shows that age does not impart wisdom and stupidity is not limited to “young heads full of mush.”

    • deke4

      I suppose had you been there you would have kicked the canes that these fine examples of senior citizens out from under them, stolen the air tank and to show your bravery tipped the woman out of her wheelchair. I now understand what kind, compassionate beings conservatives are!

    • robertsgt40

      Peeps is living proof people can still live w/o brain or heart.

    • jane44095

      wow really? decorum wasn’t in your up bringing?Big people bad mouth senior citizens right?

    • JeffK627

      Your post just shows that you’re a jerk.

    • Celia Batte

      How dumb can anyone get? Your ignorance is showing.

    • Ben

      You sound like you just don’t like old people. Well I’ve got news, unless your obious stupidity gets you wacked, you’ll get old too and like most of us you won’t care for it.

      • Robb Ury

        If only they knew now what they’ll surely understand later, eh?

      • speedstan

        “You sound like you just don’t like old people.”

        You sound like you’re a typical liberal.

    • Arthur Kinney

      See we have this thing called the bill of rights maybe you’ve heard of it. but just ion case let me fill you in, I mean I understand that maybe YOUR GRANDFATHER was locking Jews up in Camps, but my Grandfather rolled his tank over those fences. but I digress. As I was saying the first article of the Bill of Rights gives people the right to express their free speech, of course that includes you as well, and your entitled to your opinion. But when people like you don’t exercise their rights and allow them to be taken away you make it that much harder for real Americans to hold onto and fight for their rights. Just because you don’t respect them doesn’t mean I don’t

      • Sheldon

        Wow, Arthur Kinney, thanks for demonstrating what “brain mush” in action looks like. You should try actually reading the Bill of Rights you so ignorantly cite as your excuse. If so then you’d learn that Freedom of Speech gives the right to assemble and to express opinions. But NO it does NOT include the right to physically obstruct other citizens from THEIR RIGHTS to use a public bank branch, just because you have a gripe with it. And, if only you actually knew the facts behind those Nazi slurs you toss around so ignorantly, you’d see that it’s really Occupy bully tactics that have the most in common with the Nazi violent take-overs against others. It’s repulsive beyond the hundredth degree that you dare to pimp out Nazi atrocities for the sake of your clueless rant.

      • bobcat

        Sheldon, Golly, my history showed it much different. WHERE were the “NAZI” standing around on sidewalks and getting billy clubbed, tazered and peppersprayed?
        Try taking a new look at the videos of OWS, and see the majority of violence coming from POLICE upon OWS demonstrators.
        OR, are you too going to suggest kids SITTING no the STUDENT SQUARE at teh college they PAY tuition to attend and reside at, were threatening the cop that pepper sprayed thm “in self defense”?
        Your bias is showing like a MINK COAT at a PETA convention.

    • Warren

      Peeps, I’m sure Bank of America appreciates your unkind words. Even the most evil institutions need their willing apologists. Are you working for their Public Relations department? Or are you kissing their feet for free?

      • Judy

        Hi someone. Not ealrly. I did not base it on that. I just used it as an example. It’s just that most of my friends abroad always tell me that people’s first impression of them is like that.But yeah, I feel you especially re your last paragraph. Most of my non-Pinoy friends always tell me that some of their lot find our being-so-proud-yeah-we’ll-rub-it-in when it comes to our achievements annoying sometimes, especially on the Web.and the Kurakot part. the sadder part is, you know there’s truth in that.Hey, thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your comment. It makes me rethink a number of things, actually.

      • Kelly

        Warren – foot fetishists are people too. We shouldn’t make fun of Peeps for indulging in his fantasy. ;)

      • Frances in California

        Feet?! Warren, what makes you think it’s feet Peeps is kissing?

    • brookedoris

      You are quite right, stupidity is reserved for Republicans of all ages.

    • Frank Ridley

      Just shows that a chimp can use a computer. Have a banana Mr. Peeps.

      • Frances in California

        Mr. Ridley, please don’t insult chimps like that; chimps are very capable of putting computers to GOOD use . . .

    • EZ Solar House

      Your own ignorance is quite telling.

    • Erzulie DuBois

      hhhmm, shouldn’t badmouth oneself like that.

    • Captain Truthteller

      Banks should pay back the money that they owed, rather than rely on government bailouts.

  • Po Savea

    You rock Grams!!

    • v schmitt

      Yay Ladies, dont let them stop you from being heard, say what you have to say…

      Have they threatened to pepperspray you into silence yet, accused you of doing something you didnt do, if so, the world would not be surprised.

  • Me

    The Occupy movement has devolved into a mental asylum getting run by its patients!

    Well, at least these geniuses didn’t get to urinate in a corner of the bank lobby like one of last November’s Occupy SF “protesters” did.

    • Raul

      No Frances in California, it looks like you’re using big words you don’t understand.

    • Frances in California

      It seems Me is confessing to being an agent provacateur.

    • bobcat

      Let’s keep this in perspective. The OWS did NOT show up with loaded weapons and signs threatening elected officials and the presdient, NOR show up armed to a presidential event, and yet, THEY got attacked by law enforcement at the requests of corporate bankers, outraged that bank customrers would want to do business in their banks.

      Tell me, WHAT would you have thought had LEOs assaulted Tea Party “riots” for their threats, arms and “unsanitary use” of park property?

  • Michele Louberti Washam

    The people who continue to oppose OWS while insulting those that do with nasty rhetoric, name calling, and repeating Faux news generated properganda, stand out like a sore thumb. Your ignorance about the movement causes you to lose all credibility among those who have taken the time to EDUCATE themselves about what the movement stands for.

    • Beca

      I don’t like the inclusion of ‘Faux news’ if only because people who actually think that Fox shows news will completely dismiss an opinion when they see this. Well. Such a person will probably dismiss any facts or opinion backed by facts anyways. So I suppose there is just no victory to be had. I agree that name-calling instantly makes a statement appear offensive and unintelligent. Because, you know, it is.

  • Beca

    Love the article and that it makes the facts driving this protest clear. I also enjoy the hilariously ignorant comments below. These senior citizens are remarkable for being lending a voice to other seniors who are victims of foreclosures. The commentators are remarkable for reading an empowering story and noticing absolutely nothing about what it is about. Believe me, the ability to comprehend nothing from a short piece of writing is highly admired!

  • Pat

    Well said Michele!!! Seems there are still some sheeple who did not wake up yet.

  • Jealith

    What they all should have done was move their money from the bank to a credit union. That’s the only way to get back at banks.

    • Fantomex

      Do you know how hard it is for senior citizens to know and find out about things like those? Also, most of these are places that are only directed towards specific municipal workers to use as well, so they may be not able to use them, either.

    • Joe

      Nothing stopping them from doing both”

      • Sara

        actually they were stopped by being locked out by the Bank manager…WHAT a wonderful story, you go girls WOW!


        One fact is certain, the bankster and the healthcare system both of which these ladies were subjected too, must have taken a small fortune from these unsuspecting, with no mercy. These ladies are most likely unable to move the accounts as they may be very complicatedly connected to the on the edge life support system, on which. these hapless victims depend. This small action was most likely the only gesture, the ladies could pull off, they must have been very hurt to have been that drastic.

  • anonymous

    So true. Ppl discredit themselves with their negativity, and I think its wonderful that these omen are taking part in the movement! Hopefully more and more people will take part in these protests from young to the elderly….and those of u whom are opposed to fighting for our right…what are you silently for the one percent?!

  • Janet Vandenabeele

    Dear Banks: When you inspire hordes of senior citizens to storm your doors with walkers and oxygen tanks, perhaps it’s time to admit you have a problem.

  • Virginia Nancarvis

    The paid trolls have to earn their money..though I doubt it is lucrative. Poor/low income like the people they bash. Sad.

    • Frances in California

      No, Virginia, not “sad”; “scary” – they aren’t just trolls; they’re Grey Zone. Very, very scary.

    • Sheldon

      The only ones you fool with your lie (which falsely claims opinions that don’t match yours must be paid) are foolish sheeple indeed.

    • Marty Jansing

      Most of the Boiler Rooms are off shore. They are staffed by folks that type from scripts that they have no clue as to what it means. They type for hours and hours for a dollar a day. I would like to know if they at least get Potty Breaks?

  • Virginia Nancarvis

    Generally paid trolls will include “potty”. references, drug use and sexual activities somewhere in their comments as character traits of “whomever” they are paid to troll. They also use words that refer to them as lazy, dirty, “get a job”, moochers. The best defense is not to respond to their trolling. Not that any is needed. Wonder if they get paid by the hits or responses to their troll remarks? There are companies that hire them. Capitalism alive though not well.

  • Linda Ferguson

    If you don’t like a bank’s terms, don’t use the bank. If you don’t like the risk of foreclosure, don’t buy houses you can’t pay for. Vote with your money.

    • Common

      Banks have a fiduciary requirement to put people only in homes they can afford. That is unless they’ve decided they can make lots of easy profits on the front end by writing bigger mortgages that they can then sell to unsuspecting investors (like 401k folks). They get their money regardless of whether the people they were required to help can make the payments. Some people were given one monthly figure and then a few months later, after the bank had already absorbed their bite, found monthly payment 3 or 4 times higher. Should doctors be allowed to order thousands of dollars in extra treatment when all you need is a band-aid? No. And if they tried it, they could expect punishment. Since our government refuses to hold the banks accountable, then it’s up to the people.

      • EnfantTerrible

        Well done, Common. You are the smartest kid in class.

      • Frances in California

        Dear Common, this only works properly within the regulation of Glass-Steagall.

    • David

      Not using a bank doesn’t solve anything. The problems will not go away (or be resolved in the customers favor) unless there is pressure to make them change their grredy ways. An honest day’s profit is one thing, but BOA has no concept of this (they use “profit” as a cover for their “greed” – look at what greed and corruption did to Enron).

      How do people make a change? By standing together (strength in numbers). As an example, look at Cairo. Many people protested a much-hated leader. As a result, he got booted out of office. There is something that can be said for those that stand together that try and make a difference for others.

      • Sheldon

        So your goal is to topple capitalism? And replace it with what, exactly?

        Don’t like BofA? FINE, don’t use them. Fyi Bank Transfer Day was declared 2 months ago. So, get with the program and move your loan or move your savings already. Case closed.

        But protesters had NO RIGHT to block other BofA customers from being able to use that branch that day when they needed to.

    • Veronica

      Your unkind callous comment lacks intelligence of reality. Many seniors bought houses they could “afford” before interest rates and taxes soared. Now many can no longer afford them because the BANKS have changed the rules to benefit their bottom line, and everything else has raised in price, too.
      Let’s see YOU live on a $900 Soc Sec check.
      These courageous women are protesting to cover your sorry butt, as well.
      Buy some compassion on your next jog to the mall.

    • K.R.

      If you don’t like what the banks are doing, it is time to speak up and be heard. People need to start doing more of this to make changes. Hurray for those women!

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  • PreppyInHotpantsABoaAndPlatforms

    They couldn’t vote with their money because the bank shut down upon the appearance of those SCARY, INTIMIDATING elderly ladies, with their oxygen tanks and canes. It just goes to show that, like all bullies, the Bank is just a coward at the core.

    • Elizabeth

      “Vote with their money” Are you joking? FYI financial transactions are a fact of real life. So are deadlines. Those old folks blocking the bank so that others cannot use that branch doesn’t hurt the branch at all. It only hurts the customers who needed to use that branch. Such as to deposit some cash to cover a check expected to clear that day. Or to submit in person a payment for a home mortgage, an equity loan, or other bank loan, instead of missing the deadline then getting hit with late-fees.

      How many Bank of America EDD Debit Card users did those protesters convince to renounce their relying on Bank of America? ……..ZERO.

      It’s astounding how utterly childish so many Occupy apologists are!!!! Especially on this page. They deflect from facts with namecalling & hypotheticals. Or they twist what one poster said into accusing him of things he never said … as a way to deflect from not answering his main points. Wow. Impressive. Trust me, people who didn’t comment on that, still notice. That’s ok. I guarantee you, wise citizens who see thru the double-talk and hype don’t rely on message board debates to know what’s true or not.

  • CaliforniaELK

    These ‘Wild Old Women’ are awesome! Thank you for standing up for everyone!

    • Alan Logston Sr.

      I agree!

  • Old Uncle Dave

    Remember Isla Vista!!!

  • Jenna

    I wish I could hug each and every one of these Patriotic Seniors! Best. Occupy. Action. Ever!

  • Jackie McElveny

    Good job, ladies! I love you all! Hugs and kisses, keep the faith……

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  • Rose Crown

    Red Hatting at it’s best!!!!!! I aspire to be a Wild Woman when I reach that venerable age.

    If you haven’t done it yet, every one please, close your bank account and join a Credit Union!!!!!

    • Auntie Nuke

      Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the Red Hatters would take an activist stance like this? Instead of sitting around thinking they’re “radical” for wearing red and purple, they could wear red and purple while Occupying the Banks! No one wants to pepper spray a Granny for fear of being caught on video and made viral. Tee hee! LOVE this level of activism…

  • EnfantTerrible

    Just as the B of A manager locked up his branch office, PeepsRepublik locked up his mind… ’cause these little old ladies are just so threatening!

  • Barb Winslow

    GO ON, GIRLS!!!!!

  • brookedoris

    This Patriotic Seniors make me proud to be an American.

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