Bank of America announces it will not charge debit card fees 1 - Florida Independent

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The Associated Press reports that Bank of America has completely backpedaled on its plans to levy $5 debit card fees.

The AP reports:

The bank says in a statement that the decision to scrap the plan came after listening to customer feedback in recent weeks.

The news comes after other major banks, including Chase and Wells Fargo, said last week that they were canceling tests of similar fees.

“Our customers’ voices are most important to us. As a result, we are not currently charging the fee and will not be moving forward with any additional plans to do so,” David Darnell, co-chief operating officer, said in a release.

The about-face by the banking industry comes amid growing public anger over fees. A movement to get customers to switch to credit unions had marked this Saturday as “Bank Transfer Day.”

The new debit card fees were just one of the triggers that influenced protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement to rally all over the country — including in Florida.

GOPers in Florida have said that the new regulations from Dodd-Frank are solely to blame for the banks levying these new fees. Senate candidate Adam Hasner and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., have both taken up the new conservative meme  claiming that banks were “forced to charge customers new fees due to the negative and costly requirements associated with the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law, in particular the ‘Durbin Tax.’” Dodd-Frank legislation was a response to the country’s financial crisis that many economists say was partially caused by the lax regulation of financial institutions.

State Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, went as far as to file legislation that that would ban banks from charging fees on debit cards in Florida. He said he was “outraged” by the announcement of the fees.

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