Citibank Explains Arrests Over People 'Trying To Close Their Accounts'
Bank says they were being disruptive and refused to leave
Over the weekend video emerged of Occupy Wall Street protesters supposedly getting arrested for walking into a Manhattan CitiBank branch and attempting to close their accounts.
Hoping to combat the bad PR and prevent others to close their accounts because of it, the bank has released an official statement claiming that they were not arresting people for trying to take their money out of the bank.
The statement reads:
“A large amount of protesters entered our branch at 555 La Guardia Place around 2:00 PM today. They were very disruptive and refused to leave after being repeatedly asked, causing our staff to call 911. The Police asked the branch staff to close the branch until the protesters could be removed. Only one person asked to close an account and was accommodated.”
To be clear: no one was arrested for closing an account; we didn’t lock people in our branch – the police decided to close the branch; and we didn’t ask for anyone to be arrested – that is a police decision."
Considering that Citibank is currently under scrutiny for reportedly sending a goon squad to kill a man who owed credit card debt, protesters might want to find another bank to mess with.