Brewer's Droop #184
If you’re a regular reader of the Droop then you’ll know that I’m not a big fan of banks. In fact I firmly believe that all bankers should be neutered so as to stop them breeding.
How on earth we put up with their audacious daylight robbery amazes me. Even hardened thieves pale into insignificance by comparison. Brazilian brothels have higher ethics than any bank I’ve been into.
So I was intrigued by an item that was picked up by a consumer journalist in The Cape Times recently (I’m a big fan of that column). It’s a delightful little tale of skulduggery and I’ve condensed the story so far.
A brother and sister in South Africa were saddened about the death of their sister who lived in another country. Both were left exactly the same amount of money in her will. The estate paid exactly the same amount of money into their respective bank accounts on the very same day (probably within minutes of each other).
The brother received R10,370 LESS than his sister.
How could that be you may ask?
Well, the surviving sister banks at Investec Bank and the brother banks at ABSA.
I hasten to add this is not to say that Investec is a better bank than ABSA, but in this case they appear to have “removed” less “fees”.
The brother lodged a complaint with the banking ombudsman in March. Perhaps some action will be taken eventually (or not)?
Feel free to tell as many of your friends who bank at ABSA as possible. Tweet it. Facebook it. Use any means at your disposal to tell the world just how expensive it is to deal with ABSA.
Most importantly NOW’s the time to check on your own bank to see how much they’re helping themselves to from your account. It’s not just ABSA – they’re ALL at it!
The usual arguments put forward whenever government wants to ban some form of advertising are that it will cause unemployment and reduce sponsorships. Both of these arguments (despite being true) are, in my opinion, weak – simply because they’re so easy to counter.
If we’re going to object to the banning of alcohol ads then we should do so on the primary basis that it’s against our constitutional and moral rights. We are entitled to know about legal products which are available to us.
The government is being ridiculously selective when it picks on alcohol.
And it confuses the general public (the ability to confuse is the best weapon in the politicians’ arsenal) by saying that alcohol leads to death by drunk driving and Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) etc. This is the point where the water becomes very muddy.
To make an informed decision, government must remember that drunk driving is illegal and it’s a CRIME. They cannot, therefore, use this as justification for banning the advertising of the product itself. The same applies to FAS – it’s a lack of education that mainly causes this – not the advertising of the product.
Many people die each year from drinking drain cleaner – so why not ban the advertising of that? Many people die in cycling accidents, eating too much fat, playing sports and so on – it’s impractical to ban everything.
A massively carcinogenic pastime is standing around a braai. Meat fat smoke is highly toxic, so what shall we do about it? I know, let’s ban all boerewors advertising!
The key issue is that drinking alcohol is part of our culture (well for many of our cultures anyway but let’s not get into that). We have laws about age limits and other side-effects to control abuse.
And that’s enough.
I was on a TV discussion last year with some idiot (who’s name I forget) who really did believe that a 12 year old watching Jacques Kallis in action with “Castle” written on his shirt would induce that boy to go out drinking. That idiots like him ever get media space amazes me. It’s absolute crap.
NO MORE ONLINE POKER
Piggs Peak Casino lost their appeal for internet gambling, so that’s another little joy in life banned.
It’s all very well to protect inexperienced or addicted gamblers from sites like these but I wonder if they’ll do anything to help those pour souls who traipse into the land-based casinos that are a blight on our society? To my knowledge nobody cares about the shack dwellers who beg at traffic lights and then feed their change into slot machines (after walking a few miles for that privilege).
And on the subject of banning things how’s this for gem?
The BBC has been accused of ‘absurd political correctness’ after dropping the terms BC and AD in case they offend non-Christians.
The Corporation has replaced the familiar Anno Domini (the year of Our Lord) and Before Christ with the obscure terms Common Era and Before Common Era.
They say: ‘As the BBC is committed to impartiality it is appropriate that we use terms that do not offend or alienate non-Christians…’
So I guess there soon won’t be a problem with over-indulgence at end-of-year celebrations because Christmas itself will be banned. And no problems with kids eating too many chocolate eggs because Easter will be banned after that.
There’s one thing I don’t quite understand though…whether you call it “BC” or “BCE” it still refers to the birth of Christ doesn’t it?
God help us all.
Here’s a quote which is attributed to Julius Malema and was reported on 02 March 2009. I can’t verify that it’s actually true – but it sounds like it – and it was only two years ago.
“You must never role model a rich person who can’t explain how they got rich. In the ANC we must not have corrupt people as role models. Corrupt means a simple thing – you can’t explain the big amount in your bank account.”
Perhaps he’s changed his mind since?
In 2005 a black congresswoman made a rather foolish racist comment in the wake of Hurricane Katrina – which prompted a load of emails (one guy lost his job by forwarding this through the Cobb County computer system).
“Well, it appears our African-American friends have found yet something else to complain about. A black congresswoman (this would be Sheila Jackson Lee, of Houston), reportedly complained that the names of hurricanes are all Caucasian-sounding names. “She would prefer some names that reflect African-American culture such as Chamiqua, Tanisha, Woeisha, Shaquille, and Jamal…………..I am not making this up!
“She would also like the weather reports to be broadcast in a ‘language’ that street people can understand because, one of the problems that happened in New Orleans, was that most locals couldn’t understand the seriousness of the situation, due to the racially biased language of the weather report. “I guess if the weather person says that the winds are going to blow at 140+ MPH, that’s too hard to understand “
I can hear it now: A weatherman in New Orleans says……………Wazzup, mutha-fukkas! Hehr-i-cane Chamiqua be headin’ fo’ yo ass like Leroy on a crotch rocket! Bitch be a category fo’! So, turn off dem chitlins, grab yo’ chirren, leave yo crib, and head fo’ de nearest FEMA office for your FREE shit!”
And on the subject of unfortunate people…
I’m a bit confused (nothing unusual about that of course). Why should I donate money to feed starving people in a country where the population is growing rapidly? (2.76% in 2000 and 3.19% in 2011). By comparison, the population growth of the UK is 0.7%, USA 0.9% and SA 1.1%
REACHING THE TOP END
The UCT Unilever Institute is hosting what promises to be an extremely interesting seminar on how to target the 10% of SA taxpayers who account for half our taxable income. I’m definitely going.
Dates and costs can be found at unileverinstitute.co.za
Well, summer’s here and it’s going to be wonderful because I’m going to be rich after putting all my savings on SA to win the RWC. Easy money.
And looking forward to a break soon – been working hard this year and business is great (I have really cool clients so it’s loads of fun). When you get a minute you could look at my site:
We’re busy loading the latest AMPS figures right now.