Overheard on CNN.com: Banks aren't getting the message
Citi announced new banking fees for its midlevel clients Wednesday, which was not popular with CNN.com readers.
October 5th, 2011
04:18 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Banks aren't getting the message

Comment of the day:

“How ironic that this story sits next to a story about Occupy Wall Street. Someone did not get the memo.” - BillyRyan

Citi raises checking account fees

Citi announced Wednesday that they are slapping customers with another fee — this time on midlevel checking accounts — for members who do not maintain minimum balances of $15,000 on their combined accounts.

And for CNN.com readers, the announcement seemed like the straw that broke the camel's back: they were livid and encouraged Citi clients to withdraw their funds. Others shared their positive experience with credit unions and said people should follow in their footsteps.

RogerBlatto said, “How completely arrogant and greedy can these banks get. They likely know that 99 percent of people cannot afford to keep $15K in cash in their accounts. So charge them $20 while you let the rich get a free ride? Maybe these Wall Street protesters have a point after all.”

tstorm9200 said, “Credit unions are about to explode in growth!”

Mindurbiz said, “Welcome to the impact of government regulations. You clip previous revenue streams and they end up being distributed across the board.”

Richard Buchanan responded, “That's exactly what the banks want you to think and say: Blame the government not the rich CEO's and Wall Street tycoons…”

tstorm9200 also responded, “You couldn't be more wrong. It's Bush-led deregulation for the past decade that got us into this mess.”

Libslost said, “Everyone, transfer your money out of Citi! Put them out of business.”

Imintexas responded, “That is the KEY libslost. If everyone would get on the same page and support one another we could control a lot of what is happening here. If 3/4 of all Citi customers pulled and went to another bank who is not charging Citi would suffer and the other bank would not, and probably would not even consider fees, because they just got a huge number of new customers and they won't want to loose them.”

Pdough said, “For the life of me, I can't understand why people continue to keep their money (or what's left of it) at these banks. Have you not all heard of local credit unions? I pay a total of $10 per month service charge, have free checking and savings, have no restrictions or fees associated with the use of my debit card or online transactions and I have an overdraft/credit line that I can access at any time and I only pay 9 percent interest on any outstanding balance (no additional fees).”

Ethandy said, “This is obscene. Banks screw up, taxpayers bail them out, banks increase fees on them ‘to recover the lost revenue from swipe fee regulation.’ How incredibly arrogant and insulting. People are hurting and these big banks have no scruples whatsoever to make it even harder for them. They're making record profits even with the new regulations. I have to believe that they just don't want individual checking account customers anymore. That they are happy with just maintaining their commercial clients. It's time to bail from these banks, people. Let the free market prevail. You are free to leave.”

Guest said, “Funny how everyone thought I was crazy a few years ago for saving money the old fashion way and not trusting banks. Screw the banks! Screw those who continue to support them!”

Guest said, “Well, they will be either looking for another bail out or just go bankrupt, because everyone I know with a bank account there is leaving. Vote with your money people.”

Mike280 said, “Thank you USAA, for being a shining beacon of light in an otherwise dark world.”

5612jean said, “Like a lot of people I am fed up with everyone who has their hand in my pocket ripping me off. The rent just went up, they are no longer paying for the utilities that were formerly included in the high rent. I have a car payment. Got a .28 cent raise. Now the bank wants more of my money. They can impose this fee if they want to. I will take my little bank account straight to the credit union. Enough is enough. The rich keep getting richer. Greed it's the American way.”

In support of banks, wildman69 said, “Banks are a private business and no one is forced to use them. That fact is, many people who use banks have little to no savings to help the bank offset costs of account maintenance. Many 401k's and other retirement accounts have a stake in BofA's profits, so you can curse them, but your either making money from them, or costing them money."

Mmm…sour beer

Beer aficionado and blogger Nathan Berrong (who works at CNN’s satellite desk) shared his love of sour beers on CNN.com’s Eatocracy site—that’s right, sour beer. Apparently beer drinkers either love it or hate it and many readers shared their insights on the bitter adult beverage.

Teethscrape said, “Cascade Brewing out of Portland, Oregon has the best sour beers I have ever had!”

Char said, “Ommegang Zuur – it was my gateway sour ale. Love this style of beer!

2xltall said, “I recommend Bell's Oarsman!”

Plastiklov said, “Jolly Pumpkin is an excellent brewery out of Dexter, Michigan, specializing in sour beer!!!! Can't believe they were overlooked in this article!”

Sour Tooth said, “I absolutely love sour beers, and have since I was first introduced to craft beer. Duchesse, Petrus, and Rodenbach are my favorite mainstays, and Consecration is my all time favorite American sour (thus far). While I love La Folie, I have also really enjoyed New Belgium's Eric's Ale and Le Terroir. Cantillon obviously brews the best in the world, and I'm still searching for my holy grail, the Blabaer. Great article Nathan!”

Beer snob said, “I have yet to taste an American sour that can stand up to a Belgium. There are some good ones out there...but the wild yeast strands cannot be duplicated.”

Jay said, “I was in Belgium back in May. There is a small town called Beersel about 15km outside Brussels, a cute little Flemish town. They have a castle and are home to Drie Fontinein Brewery and a restaurant by the same name. Their gueze, kriek, and lambic are out of this world. The best kept secret? Their Beersel Lager, the best lager I have ever had!”

Traveller said, “There are LOTS of beers that have a sourness to them outside of the obvious Belgian varieties. You should probably also go to Finland and experience sahti. I know it's not as hip as the lambics, but sould very much be on every beer lovers to-do list.”

prs2cube said, “Back in the 70s-80s, there used to be Berliner Weiss at the Brickskeller in DC. It was sourer than a lambic – so sour that it was traditionally mixed with raspberry syrup. Don't know if it's still available here. Apparently no American craft brewery has attempted the style. Oh well...”

njw responded, “It is a shame that the Brick is no more. Great place to go for some one of a kind beers.”

Greg Malor said, “Big fan of beer. Not a fan of sour beers. I've tried them. I guess my tastebuds are not "complex" enough to enjoy them.”

Clutch fan said, “I just had a Clutch Dark Sour Ale and it is the best beer I've had in years. Too bad I'm 12 hours away from the nearest bottle...”

jimmy jam flam man said, “You yahoos ain't got jack on Pabst Blue Ribbon!”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    WE are NOT fat, you might be and most likely are, as is the case with most drunks! @ banasy lol i think maybe he has rabbies dont you? He sounds crazed dont he? Lmao jackazz, pud wackin idiot! Mad cuz he cant get it up much less off lol

    October 6, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Africa starves...

    AMERICA is in the midst of an obesity epiemic. Anyone who refuses to acknowledge this fact is obese.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Good nite foolio sorry to leave you with the drunk pud fernace...Stand way back tho i think he has rabies and KNOW he has swine flu!

    October 6, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scuuuuuze me?

    But you are dealing with banks that loaned Hitler money ckear-up till near the end of WW2. And after the war, Chase-Manhattan hired NAZI war criminals the same way NASA hired scintists...the same way big-pharma hired NAZI chemists to produce mind-numbing meds.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Godhelpusa

    I just switch my account to USAA..so long citi bank.. U can shove that 20 bucks up ur A??...

    October 6, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scuuuuuze me?

    NAZI war criminal Werner von Braun became father of NASA, just as NAZI war criminal Dr. Theo Morell became father to America's prescription drug program. Ditto war criminals who were brought back home to work in our banks. Your roots are in NAZI. You just don't know it yet, and will persomally attack anyone pointing these facts out in defense of your own personal gluttony.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. what!

    what is going on here I start reading this and it sounds like some crazy man troll is going after peoples kids and talking about lesbeans and stuff. I think dude you'd better take your meds because you soind like a train wreck waiting to happen your disgusting telling people about somebodys kids. do you know this girl is she your ex wife what is WRONG with you are you a psyco or something? Your sick man seek help.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. what!

    what! so everybody who takes meds is a nazi and everybody who uses a bank is a nazi man you must be drunk or high cuz you make no sense. what is wrong with you no wonder no one wants to talk to you your nuts!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scuuuuuze me?

    "he, he , and he"...all about "him"...nothing about what he has to say. 'Personalities before principles' and 'contempt prior to investigation'. The hallmarks of ignorance..

    October 6, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dude

    Africa starves...

    You got a problem with tattoos, buddy?
    Shove it up your ass and leave the ladies alone. Judgemental fool. Lay off the kid thing too, punk ass. Kids are sacred.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dude

    Man, if you wouldn't try to goad people into talking about the sh!t you want to talk about by ragging on them, they may want to talk to you. You being a douchbag isn't gonna make anyone want to talk issues with you. Get it? Dude, your lame. Get a clue, would ya? Dam, you talk and talk, but you ain't got a lick of common sense. Not big on social graces, are ya?

    October 6, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scuuuuuze me?

    Don't google NAZI war criminal becoming father to NASA. And God forbid you google NAZI presciption drugs used on Adolph from the time he was a young man, with those EXACT same drugs being presscribed all-accross the USA even to this very day. Rocket science wasn't the only NAZI thing our troops brought home after the war. Financial wizardry and pharmaceuticals were brought-hole too. Just because the History Channel doesn't show it doesn't mean it never happened.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. @Dude

    Hay! That's exactly what Roman and Jewish leaders said about Jesus' words! Thank you. I am flattered.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    I've read thru earlier posts & seems I missed all the "Phuuun with Philip" tonite! Oh, well, can't win 'em all! He certainly is trying to egg on banasy & chrissy , though! Hey, I'LL debate ya, Philip ol' Prophet! What is it again? Africa, oil, diamonds, obesity! OK, "3 of these things belong together, 3 of these things are kinda the same, But 1 of these things does not belong here, Now it's time to play our game, Time to play our gaaaame!" I pick Obesity! You can find oil & diamonds in Africa, but not alot of obese people! I did win 'em all! That was fun,let's do it again tomorrow! Nite all!!

    October 6, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scuuuuuze me?

    Yeah. When Jesus fashioned for himself a whip made of tent-chords and whip! Snap! Crack! drove the greedy Jewish bankers from his Fathers house...he was what? Lacking in social graces? Are you kidding me? he he

    October 6, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
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