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Two on a Mission Against Banks

Two Stone Mountain residents have been picketing SunTrust Bank on Rockbridge Road this week.

Ramdeen Ramroop and Marguerite Girard have been picketing the SunTrust Bank on Rockbridge Road for the past three days, and they say they'll be there tomorrow.

The two are protesting what they see as predatory lending and unfair practices such as double fees and hidden fees, and not just at SunTrust, but all banks. 

"We're trying to get more awareness about predatory lending," said Girard, a fraud investigator who is currently out of work.

They've been picketing CitiFinancial locations around the area, including in Lawrenceville and Tucker, the two said. 

The picket signs reading "honk if you hate SunTrust" and "SunTrust predatory lender," on Thursday drew in Anthony Simmonds, who just happened to be passing by the bank branch on Rockbridge Road. He stopped to join them, add some complaints of his own, and exchange phone numbers and email addresses. 

"I just don't believe that," SunTrust spokesman Mike McCoy said of the predatory lending accusations. "We're a large bank in the community, and we're interested in all facets of the community we serve." The bank has always been interested in making loans to credit-worthy borrowers, he said.

Viola Davis RN BSN April 21, 2011 at 11:34 PM
A dedicated few have been known to change the world.
Theresa Waldrop April 21, 2011 at 11:40 PM
To quote Margaret Mead: "Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Leslie Johnson April 22, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Awesome, quick reporting, Theresa!
Theresa Waldrop April 22, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Thanks, Leslie. And thanks for the tip!
Marguerite Girard April 22, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Feel free to join us Saturday 4/23/2011 at the SunTrust again from9-noon. We had some energetic college students join us today which really took it up a notch. Want to keep informed about future picketing? picketciti@gmail.com
David Montane April 15, 2012 at 02:48 PM
We'd love for you to attend our meeting Tuesday night 7pm and find out why ALL bank lending is currently predatory! Kevin Meadors of Magellan Planning Group will present "What has the FED done to our money? - A Story in Charts" at The Famous Pub in the Toco Hills shopping Center at N Druid Hills Rd and LaVista Rd.

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