Customers at several high street banks were left fuming today as protestors over bankers bonuses staged a mass coin cash-in. Organised through the popular social networking site, Facebank, thousands of people with jars of coins bagged them up and took their hard currency into banks up and down England and Wales to pay them in at the same time.
"It was perfectly legal for us to do this," said protest organiser Lisa Mona. "There was nothing the banks could do."
The protest has two parts. Firstly, the mass pay-in caused queues of an unprecedented nature in high street bank branches. "This highlighted how the owners of the banks are cutting costs by putting too few cashiers on at lunchtimes," said Mona. "According to some of the tweets we got, a lot of branches only had one cashier on. This has left customers fuming at their banks."
The second part was in the sudden mass influx of small denomination coins that have hit the banking system in one go.
"It's going to take them days to sort through all those coins," laughed Mona.
It was not all a negative protest. The sudden mass influx of coins has bolstered the British economy to the tune of seventy million pound Sterling.
Did the mass weigh in have the desired affect?
"It's certainly made me think long and hard about the banking system," said one disgruntled customer, who had been stuck behind a man pushing a wheelbarrow full of twenty-pence pieces. "Like why can't banks install something like those Coin Star machines?"