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Shirley Payne: Nothing has changed with our banks

As I read about Wells Fargo and its problems it brought back old memories and certainly disgust.

Years ago, as I graduated from high school, I was offered two opportunities: a scholarship to college or a job in the largest bank in my city, Chicago.

I took the job expecting it to lead to independence and plenty of money. Very soon I realized I wasn’t getting very rich and I didn’t have the independence I had expected. I discovered that the bank had a policy of refunding the tuition for college courses they believed to be appropriate for its employees, so I signed up for two courses at a nearby college, English and ethics.



When the semester was over the bank refunded the tuition for the English class but not for the class in ethics. They explained that they didn’t feel the class in ethics was appropriate to their business.

Something about this didn’t feel quite right to me. I reapplied for the college scholarship and it was once again awarded, so I resigned from the bank job and went on to college.




Shirley Payne

Grass Valley


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