After One Error Too Many Man Places "I Hate Bank Of America" Banner On His House

Avi Oslick is obviously a fan of the movie Network: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,” Avi Oslick told NBC 10 in Philadelphia. Rather than going to his window and yelling, Avi has placed a huge banner on the side of his house telling the world how he feels about Bank of America.

After Bank of America made one too many errors on his account, costing him “thousands of dollars” Avi had finally had enough.

“I said, ‘Listen, you know, if you guys don’t work with me on this issue, you know, I’m just going to tell everyone how much I hate the bank,'” Oslick said.

So he did. He says Bank of America called the police, who showed up at his door and asked him to take the sign down. He said no. According to Avi’s website, the cop said, “Sounds good to me.” You can visit his site at www.ihateboa.com.

Man Displays Anger With Company On Side Of House, Internet [NBC10] (Thanks, Everyone!)

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  1. enm4r says:

    Sounds good to me.

  2. kublaconsumer says:

    They called the police? “Mommy, that guy says he hates me!” Fools.

  3. Myrddraal says:

    Calling the cops on him is just stupid on the banks part.

    “I’ll tell mom!”

  4. Ausoleil says:

    So BOA called the police to get him to take his sign down? Guess they have never heard of “Freedom of Speech.” Or they don’t believe it.

    I hate BOA too. And I refuse to do business with them, period.

  5. I hope BofA puts up a “We hate Avi Oslick” banner on their HQ. That’ll learn him good.

  6. Myrddraal says:

    Whoa… Both went to the same place on that

  7. The sign needs to be bigger.

    Maybe in neon lights and flashing?

  8. AaronZ says:

    The linked NBC10 article says:
    “The bank said they may not agree with what his sign and Web site say, but they respect his right to say it.”

    In the Consumerist article it says otherwise:
    “He says Bank of America called the police, who showed up at his door and asked him to take the sign down.”

  9. crabbyman6 says:

    Now that’s commitment to a cause. The press should make a big deal about the company wasting the police’s time for a silly sign on private property. Maybe he’ll get his money back when BoA buys the domain name of his website to take it down.

  10. quirkyrachel says:

    Awesome.

  11. FishtownYo says:

    This right around the corner from my house. The guy used to have two sign. The current one is the small version. I went in the bank and asked them about it, they just shrugged it off and said “Well, I guess he’s unhappy with us”. Nucking Futs!

    By the way, this is old news, like a year and a half!

  12. Ausoleil says:

    Oh, and lucky him that he doesn’t have an HOA that would foreclose his home for putting the sign up in the first place.

  13. dragonfire1481 says:

    That’s why free speech is awesome.

  14. Eels says:

    I would donate towards the neon lights for that sign.

  15. evslin says:

    He says Bank of America called the police, who showed up at his door and asked him to take the sign down. He said no.

    L.
    O.
    L.

  16. Tightlines says:

    @AaronZ: The account with the police is on the guy’s website.

    “This site is dedicated to why Bank Of America sucks so much.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  17. superchou says:

    brilliant!

  18. Wally East says:

    @AaronZ: Click on through to the guy’s website.

  19. asynja says:

    @AaronZ:

    It says BoA called the police on his website, and gives the quotes in question. :)

  20. SkokieGuy says:

    Why dont you local people go to city hall and demand an investigation into why the police were called?

    I believe if a person or business call in a ‘fake’ event (like kids who make prank calls to 911, false alarms, etc.) there is a fine.

    On what basis was it deemed appropriate to dispatch the police?

  21. snoop-blog says:

    I’m surprised the guy is not bald seeing how the banner on my house stage is after the pull my hair out stage.

  22. unchi says:

    Did anyone else read the NBC Affiliate news site? Apparently there are NINJAS near Philadelphia in Jersey.

    [www.nbc10.com]
    “Public schools in Barnegat were locked down briefly after someone reported seeing a ninja running through the woods behind an elementary school. It turns out the ninja was actually a camp counselor dressed in black karate garb and carrying a plastic sword.”

  23. SkokieGuy says:

    I’ve gone to this man’s website and read his story of the actual events. Absolutely horrifying, and the scariest part folks – it could easily happen to any of us.

    The crux of the matter is that there is immunity in calling in a suspected crime, so the bank is not liable.

    To the OP, this begs the question, why don’t you call the police to report suspected crimes? You know the people at the bank. Are the tailights on their car functional? Do they ever speed? Perhaps they are not emptying the bank’s garbage cans in compliance with OSHA regulations.

  24. snoop-blog says:

    @SkokieGuy: “On what basis was it deemed appropriate to dispatch the police?”

    Domestic douchebaggery…

    no I’m just playin. I agree with you. Cops shouldn’t have been called, but I’m only guessing what the call may have fell under.

  25. mmmmdoughnuts says:

    do yourself a favor and don’t watch the video at the bottom…it is a horrible horrible song at a “BOA rally”.

    …my ears still hurt

  26. Meisterjager says:

    Someone stole his little sign! I hope that it’s just spreading the word further…

  27. Lucky225 says:

    @Ausoleil:

    Naw, BofA charges a fee to use their name in your hate banners lol

  28. kublaconsumer says:

    The sign would be a civil issue between him and BoA. The bank could certainly call the police, who would then determine that it’s a civil issue and just try to calm those involved down. Sounds like the police did just that and dealt with it as the procedure calls for.

    It’s a good sign in that it doesn’t accuse BoA of anything, or dredge them through the mud. “I just hate them”.

  29. snoop-blog says:

    Meg, I love the tag at the top… “Mas as Hell”

    made me laugh a bit and got me thinking about the “mad rapper”.

  30. snoop-blog says:

    *mad

  31. Lucky225 says:

    Bank of Opportunists ;)

  32. AmbiUbi says:

    I’m highly depressed that my mortgage, which is through Countrywide (which is theirs because my previous loan company sold it to them), may be coming under the rule of BoA sometime soon.

    Highly. Depressed.

  33. IphtashuFitz says:

    @SkokieGuy: What would justify an investigation? If I was a business owner and I saw a similar sign show up on a building across the street like that I might do the exact same thing. The local bank branch probably had no idea if the sign was put up by the owner of that building or if somebody snuck up there and put it up without the owners permission. Asking the cops to investigate is also much more appropriate than the branch manager going over and potentially getting into an argument or even a physical confrontation with the building owner. This is exactly the sort of thing that you should use the police for.

  34. luz says:

    This guy is awesome.

  35. failurate says:

    Police will occasionally do conflict resolution.

  36. Saboth says:

    @AmbiUbi:

    O rly? I have Countrywide too. I’ll have to wait and see how it turns out, because I won’t do business with BoA.

  37. SkokieGuy says:

    @IphtashuFitz: ?The local bank branch probably had no idea if the sign was put up by the owner of that building or if somebody snuck up there and put it up without the owners permission”

    Why is it the bank’s affair whether the sign was put up with permission or not? That would be the business of the building’s owner (Hey police, someone put a giant sign on my house!

    If my neighbor puts up a sign “Obama Sucks” should I call the police because I have no idea if the sign was put up by the owner of that building or if somebody snuck up there and put it up without the owners permission?

    More importantly, read what was done to this man on his website. He was treated like a common criminal in a third world country with no rights. And he has no legal recourse. The terrorists have won because the common man is no longer free or protected. How sad that our government and lawmakers, not terrorists, are the one to give away our freedoms and protections.

  38. kallawm says:

    Is there some reason that his website doesn’t go more in-depth with BoA’s incompetence?

  39. How can you seriously have a site “I hate BOA” with that bad of design? Come on now. Make your message effective. :P

    I do love how he stood up and just said “no” to the police. As they were dumb enough to have to actually listen to BOA and go ask him to take it down anyway.

  40. snoop-blog says:

    @SkokieGuy: If I could give you a star, I would. Love the last paragraph.

  41. SkokieGuy says:

    @kallawm: You just have to click on “What BOA does to its customers”

    [www.sfgate.com]

  42. Bladefist says:

    The only law he could have broke is if it had something really nasty, like curse words or something explicit, which it doesn’t, or if it was slander. But since he isn’t lying about BoA, it can’t be slander. I don’t know why the cops showed up.

  43. timmus says:

    He says Bank of America called the police, who showed up at his door and asked him to take the sign down. He said no. According to Avi’s website, the cop said, “Sounds good to me.”

    Oh for chrissake, BOA tried to sic the police on him on what’s clearly the most diametrically correct and responsible use of a First Amendment right? I’m glad to see that their attempt to strongarm him is getting notice. As someone who is fed up with corporations using the local police to bully individuals over civil matters, the cop deserves a pat on the back for using good judgement and not getting involved.

  44. SkokieGuy says:

    Or used their logo without permission or made untruthful claims [Open an account at BOA and get a free pony!]. Actually, “BOA doesn’t suck” would be an untruthful claim.

    P.S. Love ya’ Snoop!

  45. Dobernala says:

    @Bladefist: Slander, libel, and defamation are civil issues, not criminal.

  46. Bladefist says:

    @Dobernala: Good point. My bad. So then I guess I have no idea why the cops came. Unless they were just bored.

  47. bonzombiekitty says:

    That guy lives right down the street from me, I kept meaning to snap a picture of it and add it to the flickr pool, but I’m a lazy bastard. What’s funny is that the sign is pretty much right across the street from a Bank of America

  48. bonzombiekitty says:

    @teahead215: Whoa another fishtown resident.

  49. girly says:

    I wonder if there’s a market for those banners?

  50. chrisjames says:

    @SkokieGuy: It’s the bank’s affair if the sign has the bank’s name on it, no matter what it says, and they might as well take responsibility for investigating the sign, even if that means involving the police, because who’s to say anyone else will.

    They could have saved time if they just tried to work with Avi once the sign went up, but I haven’t read anything beyond the Consumerist post, so I can’t assume BofA knew who put up the sign or why. The branch manager should have gone to the building and asked around about the sign, but I guess they were too much of a piddly coward to do anything but call for mommy, I mean, the police.

  51. girly says:

    Speaking of using names, reminds me of the story of the lady who protested an ATV store opening next to her, got it blocked, and as revenge the people opened a porn store instead because it was allowed and named it after the protester. It doesn’t seem like that should be able to fly legally…

    As for ‘I hate BoA’ I’m not sure if they have any defense whatsoever since it’s just an opinion.

  52. @Ausoleil:

    So BOA called the police to get him to take his sign down? Guess they have never heard of “Freedom of Speech.” Or they don’t believe it.

    Borrowing Ash’s statement…

    If BoA put the “We hate Avi Oslick” banner up on their bank branch, would you defend their right to free speech, or urge him to sue?

  53. Ein2015 says:

    Amazing!

  54. freejazz38 says:

    sad thing is, it took the moron that long to figure out BOA is scumbags

  55. knyghtryda says:

    @Ein2015:
    Let the bank put the the “We hate Avi” sign. You’ll have every news organization within 1000 miles swarm on that branch and a huge black eye for BoA management to deal with.

  56. girly says:

    @knyghtryda: Also, presumably Avi is reacting to being wronged by BoA, so insulting him won’t make BoA look too good.

  57. RandomHookup says:

    That headline is screaming for a comma. Who is this “Many Man”?

  58. snoop-blog says:

    Thank god Avi doesn’t have to deal with a homeowners association.

  59. Tzepish says:

    @SkokieGuy: “The crux of the matter is that there is immunity in calling in a suspected crime, so the bank is not liable.”

    But was there even a suspected crime? It sounds like the police were pranked by BOA.

  60. chrisjames says:

    @InfiniTrent: If they had the balls to put up a “We hate Avi Oslick” sign, I’d drive up to Philadelphia and sign up for an account.

  61. oldtaku says:

    Basically, now that they’ve tried the intimidation ploy by calling the cops and it failed, they have no choice but to say they ‘respect his right to say it.’

  62. raisitup says:

    if his financial acumen is akin to his website prowess i doubt boa is in the wrong.

  63. CRSpartan01 says:

    Maybe everyone whom Target has screwed should make similar banners…

  64. azntg says:

    @InfiniTrent: But are companies entitled to freedom of speech in the same way that individual citizens are?

    I don’t think Mr. Oslick will even have to sue. The media will be all over it and the neighborhood will probably go up in arms. The boa constrictors would have to leave, lest they risk harm to their employees and its property.

    Thank You Avi for making such a bold statement for all to see. Look forward to seeing it next time I stop by Philly.

  65. IrisMR says:

    My question is… why did the police even go to ask him? I think they should’ve just… you know, ignored the request.

  66. HomersBrain says:

    This would only be newsworthy if someone put up a banner that said, “I DON’T hate Bank of America” !

  67. eaddict says:

    Sounds like BoA called one of these.

    [farm4.static.flickr.com]

    Wish I knew how to put photos in here…

  68. stuny says:

    I think I found the missing banner: [www.cafepress.com]

  69. stuny says:

    Whoops, wrong link.

    The missing banner:
    [www.cafepress.com]

  70. AgentTuttle says:

    He hates America?! Oh, wait, he hates BANK of America. He hates America and loves terrorists. (major sarcasm)

  71. Speak says:

    @IamNotToddDavis: Yeh, yeh, I can see this becoming a totally coordinated light-and-sound show, like that crazy Christmas display on the news a few years back.

    I haven’t watched the video yet so I don’t know what the neighborhood’s like, but I was always under the impression that homeowners associations or zoning laws would prevent a resident from putting a sign like that up (or doing anything else that might potentially bring down a neighbor’s so-called property value).

  72. thesabre says:

    @Bladefist:
    @IrisMR:

    The police came because they were dispatched. They can’t cherry-pick which calls they should and shouldn’t go on. They get dispatched, they responded, they determined that there was no further action was necessary after visiting the guy, and they left.

    Don’t get mad at the police because they went to the guy’s house, get mad at BoA for calling them.

  73. Meathamper says:

    See, never take the initiative in this kind of hatred.

  74. Consumer007 says:

    Um NO – The police and 911 SHOULD tell BOA-Asshole that that is not a valid request and they WILL NOT waste taxpayer money let alone VIOLATE HIS RIGHTS by dispatching that.

    He should sue both the bank and the city for intimidating him when he was just exercising his freedom of fcuking speech.

    Furthermore, I would demand the police arrest whoever requested the dispatch for stalking, as they obviously followed or went to his home to look at the sign, then tried to take retribution through the police INSTEAD OF JUST ASKING HIM WHAT THEY COULD DO TO MAKE IT RIGHT. DUH!

    Furthermore, that person that called it in should be fired and then beaten with an anti-BOA picket sign. This is a fcuking free country, the bank’s control over non-customers or former customers ends at their fcuking front door. If they don’t want bad advertising THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE FCUKED HIM ON HIS ACCOUNT.

    I am SO SICK of these FCUKING BANKS thinking they OWN consumers. FCUK that!

    BRAVO to this guy for sticking it right in the bank’s face and everyone else’s. Frankly, I think we need anti-advertising in this country. Let’s start hearing former customers on radio, networks, cable, newspaper with equal time ads saying what happened to them. Consumerist should go to whole new levels.

    FCUK the corporations owning the damn media – it should be OUR media.

  75. Consumer007 says:

    @raisitup: Nice to know there are a-holes like you who attack other consumers with irrelevant criticism about nothing significant and COMPLETELY MISS THE BOAT. Why EXACTLY are you posting on here?

    In case you missed it – THIS IS A PRO CONSUMER WEBSITE. THANK YOU.

  76. Consumer007 says:

    @freejazz38: You know I find people like you really amazing. If he cuts them off right away and leaves, you will criticize him for not being fair and giving BOA a chance. If he takes too long, and gives them any benefit of the doubt, you call him a moron.

    WELL, how the HELL would YOU have handled it, Mr. Perfect?

    STOP ARMCHAIR QUARTERBACKING OTHER PEOPLE ON THIS SITE.

  77. Consumer007 says:

    @kallawm: Gee – why don’t you get on THAT website and ask HIM? :)

  78. Consumer007 says:

    @chrisjames: And that’s because…

    A. You hate other consumers who stick up for themselves because like they make you look bad because you’re a consumer slug…
    B. You hate the First Amendment
    C. You are a BOA Board Member or hired BOA contractor mindless security thug.

    Which is it? I can’t tell…

    HOW DARE this guy put a sign on his own building and state an opinion saving other people some trouble. Boy that’s just reprehensible…what exactly is it about that that bothers you so much? Hmmmm?

  79. Consumer007 says:

    @IphtashuFitz: In case common sense didn’t occur to you, gee, how about the bank manager DOING HIS JOB and going over with hat in hand to ask how he has offended the guy and how he can MAKE IT RIGHT?

    COMPANY OWNERS OR MANAGERS DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO HUNT DOWN DISGRUNTLED CUSTOMERS AND SIC THE POLICE ON THEM. EVER.

  80. girly says:

    Yeah, isn’t it funny a vp (correct) called him and said that everything could be fixed in a couple days–over 1/2 a year ago!?

  81. Invalid_User_Name says:

    Where can I get a copy of that sign?

  82. Candyman says:

    OK, so BoA cleared a check he had put a stop payment on.

    That’s bad, but the real cause of his loss was the contractor who didn’t do an adequate job. Has he even attmepted to collect it back from the contractor? Taking the contractor to small claims court would probably be more productive than hating on the bank.

  83. ClankBoomSteam says:

    Y’know, I completely agree with this guy on his opinion of BofA — they’re an outrageously shitty company, no two ways about it. I also absolutely support his right to air his feelings about the company, both in the form of the signs on his house and in the form of the website he started. But I have to say, that dude needs some Remedial English courses, stat: the text on his website looks like it was written by an 8th grader. I count no less than 17 grammar errors, punctuation errors, or ‘style’ errors, right there on his main page. Dang.

  84. oneandone says:

    @Speak: Probably true in most places, but this is Fishtown. Not yet totally gentrified…..I love Philly (with qualifications, of course) but if you don’t have a neighborhood/district association (and most don’t) there’s very little in the way of beautification guidelines or rules. (Contrast this w Old City – housesitting friend of mine there got strict instructions from the owner on how frequently she had to polish the antique doorknob so that the neighbors wouldn’t complain).

    If you can’t hang a banner on your house, what’s the point of owning it?

  85. EvilConservative says:

    Avi is on Glenn Beck’s radio show nationwide right now and tape-delayed elsewhere.

  86. SayAhh says:

    Good thing Avi does not live in a private residential community.