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CHAPTER 2

ANOTHER KIND OF BANK ROBBERY

STUDY QUESTIONS AND WRITING PROMPTS

Explain, in your own words, how the banks increased their income from bank fees between the mid-1990s t about 2008.

Was the way they increased their revenue fair?

Should banks have the right to charge whatever fees they want? After all, customers can choose to go elsewhere.

Why did the customers believe the bank policy was wrong?

How did the banks defend their behavior? Did you agree?

Why did the author include an entire chapter on the lawsuits over the bank fees? What point was she trying to make? Did you agree?

How might you argue that what James Rogers did was worse than what the banks did and more deserving of punishment?

How might you argue that what the banks did was worse than what James Rogers did?

Can you make an argument for why the behavior of both the banks and James Rogers should be noncriminal matters decided in private lawsuits between citizens?

Can you make an argument for why the behavior of both the banks and James Rogers should be criminal matters, carrying state-imposed punishments?

Can you tell how the author feels about the behavior of the banks? If so, how can you tell? Did she present the facts in an even-handed manner, or did she slant in one direction or the other?

FURTHER READING (HONORS LEVEL)

Read these news articles and consider the viewpoint of the author. Do you think the author of the articles presented the dispute between the banks and their customers in an even-handed manner? Or did the articles slant in one direction or the other?

Minnesota Star Tribune, August 12, 2010

The Miami Herald, March 13, 2010