No wonder bank fees have soared

No wonder bank fees have soared

There are 35 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Mar 13, 2007, titled No wonder bank fees have soared. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Last week, after I wrote about National City Bank charging a noncustomer $10 to cash a $35 National City check, I was bombarded with horror stories about other outrageous fees at various local banks.

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Ken from Akron

Akron, OH

#1 Mar 13, 2007
"The Akron city worker who was busted for forwarding a vulgar political cartoon to 21 of his closest friends has been given a one-day suspension. Jason Kline has 10 days to appeal.
The penalty seems appropriate. Although not a big deal in the overall scheme of things, you just can't do that on taxpayer-financed computers."
Mr. Kline will win an appeal and as a result will not lose any pay for this "serious" infraction. The sad part is that your employer and you have lost a ton of respect with your public.
Over the 6 years I have lived here I have seen lots of articles regarding the Beacon Journal that I believed were unduly harsh. Not anymore, this is a trashy paper.
Shame on you Mr. Dyer and ABJ. You Mr. Dyer is the one who should have to spend time off with pay for your transgression.
The only good thing will be watching all the comments roll in again today about what trash your are. You sir belong in the gutter with those guys that run GGW. No, wait a minute they are actually better then you. They don't pretend to be moral.
Mr. Dyer, until you apologize for your abuse of the press you will be pond scum to us.
Ken from Akrom
The Truth

United States

#2 Mar 13, 2007
Mr Kline misused a computer and network paid for by the taxpayers. Chances are that some taxpayers would have enjoyed the comic and others would have hated it; however, as a public employee you must show some discretion towards neutrality in the public eye. If his friends needed to see the cartoon so bad Mr Kline should have sent it from a personal computer and address.

Dayton, OH

#3 Mar 13, 2007
What a waste of print.
Dave H

Liberty Hill, TX

#4 Mar 13, 2007
This thing about banks charging to cash checks for non-customers really galls me. Everyone seems to have forgotten what checks are. They are a written order of payment to the bank from the account holder how to distribute their money. The bank agrees by contract to do this as a service for the DEPOSITOR, NOT the recipient. So there is no justification for any charge to the person cashing the check.

Since: Mar 07

Cleveland, OH

#5 Mar 13, 2007
If Mr. Kline is too stupid to know that he should use his personal e-mail account -- not his work e-mail account -- to send this kind of tripe, I am not too sure that he is smart enough to be working for the city.
David Smith


#6 Mar 13, 2007
Why is it that if I buy any other foreign product ( washer dryer TV's Cars ect.) it's cheaper . Yet Import beer still coast me double of Domestic beer?

Berea, OH

#7 Mar 13, 2007
The $9 million dollar annual pay to the CEO of National City Bank is a drop in the bucket compared to what other CEOs are paid. How about Exxon paying its CEO $400 million a year plus he'll get an annual pension of over $8 million when he retires? The American people have been sold a bill of goods when they are told that high CEO pay is necessary to attract the best people to corporate CEO positions. Look at what the past performance of those lowly Japanese CEOs running Sony, Toyota, and Honda have accomplished. The Japanese literally took the electronics industry from the USA and they are doing the same thing with automobiles. Yet, Japanese CEOs are paid a paltry 11 times the pay of their hourly paid employees while American CEOs are paid 37 times that amount or 411 times the average houry pay of their employees! And Japan is unfortunatly not an aboration. Other examples of pay ratios between CEOs and hourly paid employees include: Germany 20, Canada 23, Britain 23 even Mexico whose CEO pay is second only to the USA only pays their CEOs 61 times their hourly employees pay! American workers (the most productive workers in the world) are losing, pay, pensions and health care while CEO greed and corruption is rampant. That's what I'd like to see Bob Dyer and every other American columnist write about.

Cleveland, OH

#8 Mar 13, 2007

What is even worse is that studies into CEO compensation show that their pay has no correlation with how well the business is doing. You would think that they are getting these salaries because their companies are doing well, but that isn't always the case. In some cases, these guys are pulling in huge salaries and bounuses while their companies are underperforming and even while some are going under.
Duke for Mayor

Plano, IL

#9 Mar 13, 2007
I wonder how many letters the editorial staff has received regarding Hacksaw Bob's hack job on Jason Kline. I've yet to see one in print.


Since: Mar 07


#10 Mar 13, 2007
Oh no, Bob can't do that. He has to kep an eye on Mr. Kline for us. LOL
City worker

Dayton, OH

#11 Mar 13, 2007
I also have been wondering how many letters were sent in re Jason Kline. Considering the HUGE number of comments made as a result of that column, one would assume the Editoral folks must have gotten a lot of mail.

Interesting that nothing at all was printed. Wonder why?

As for that one-day suspension for Jason Kline....that was only because it made the papers. For proof of that, note this quote from an e-mail sent to City employees by John Valle: "If this makes the news, the person responsible will lose their vehicle". This was regarding driving City cars through private property to avoid traffic.

The cost of that day's suspension---that is, in the unlikely event it doesn't get overtuned upon appeals(plural intended, as it may need to go several levels)---should be piad to Mr Kline by Bob Dyer and the newspaper.
Take Responsibility

United States

#12 Mar 13, 2007
City worker & Ken,

This is the problem with society today. No one wants to take responsibility for their actions. Mr. Kline made a mistake. He got caught. Now he must face the consequences of his actions. This idea is the basis for the memo that City Worker quoted about vehicles on private property.

It will be a tragedy if his one day suspension is overturned.

Vienna, OH

#13 Mar 13, 2007
"Take responsibility" hit the nail on the head. We are teaching our kids that no one is wrong until or unless they are caught, and then they are the "victim." Is this the legacy we are leaving for the next generation? If we all took responsibility for our actions or inactions, what a better place it would be. But, then, what would Bob write about? Just kidding, Bob, I enjoy your work.
City worker

Dayton, OH

#14 Mar 13, 2007
To "take responsibility"(probably aka The Truth from his earlier posting):

Mr Kline did NOT make a "mistake"....the City e-mail policy clearly states limited personal use is allowed. The only reason a one-day suspension was done was the newspaper column.

"This idea is the basis for the memo that City Worker quoted about vehicles on private property."

The "idea" that was the basis for the John Valle memo was that if the media REPORTED on the driver of a City car cutting through a private parking lot, then that person will no longer be allowed to have a City car...basically saying that anyone else who does the same thing but not mentioned in the media(in this case,WAKR, since it was their parking lot)would not have a problem.

The one-day suspension will be overturned, provided it is brought up to the proper level of appeal. The only question is whether Mr Kline(or his union, Local 1360) has the resources, time, and desire to take it to that level
Get rid of Title IX

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Mar 13, 2007
So you're ok with the fact that if not enough girls go out for college sports, men's programs have to be cut. It is a rule that is being abused and is completely anti male.

Since: Mar 07


#16 Mar 13, 2007
No No Mr take Responsibility from Cleveland, the issue here wasn't if Mr. Kline was an angel or not it was if punishment fit the "crime"

Mr Kline spent maybe 20 seconds forwarding an email that was funny but a little off color. Verbal reprimand tops would have been the proper way to handle this unless Mr. Kline was a problem employee with priors. But because Dyer the dork decided to play judge, jury and taxpayer and print his name the city had to crank up the volume and give him a day off. I bet the city won't even fight the appeal and Mr Kline won't lose a dime.

Nobody said that there should not be any responsibility, but if you notice the BJ isn't printing any of the letters to the editor. talk about not taking responsibility for your actions....

Come BJ and Dyer, print the letters..
Take Responsibility

United States

#17 Mar 13, 2007
City worker,

Wow... let me state this more clearly for you.

Limited personal use is a message to your wife saying you will be home late. What Mr Kline did was forward a vulgar cartoon to his buddies.

And yes, allowing worker to have a city car until they get caught doing something against policy is the same thing. If you do not get caught (by the media) then you can do what you want, but if you get caught then you will be reprimanded.

Yes, it will probably be overturned. That is just one of the many problems with unions. It still will be a shame because it tells other workers they can break the rules and the union will bail them out.
Just my opinion

Marengo, OH

#18 Mar 13, 2007
It will be a tragedy if his one day suspension is NOT overturned, unless the City can prove he did this during work time; employees are entitle to breaks, lunch & do occassionally come in early or stay late to use computers.
Duke for Mayor

Plano, IL

#19 Mar 13, 2007
Mr. Dyer, for lack of better things to print, made Mr. Kline his personal scapegoat by printing that story. Hacksaw admitted in the original column that he engages in the same behavior while being paid by his employer to write stories. Then Bob villified Mr. Kline by claiming: "I, as the one with the power of the printing press, am not paid by public funds, so you, dear readers, need not worry about what I do at work."

The Beacon has suppressed the public outrage over Bob's distasteful hack job by not publishing even one of what is certain to be dozens of letters to the editor criticizing the Gilded Columnist.

No surprise there, in this "One-Paper Horse", "One-Don" dictatorship.

I'll still bite Bob first chance I get.


Since: Mar 07


#20 Mar 13, 2007
Wow.....Take Responsibility let us state this more clearly to you.

You have missed the point, and if you want to talk about city workers start with Cleveland.:)

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