22-Year-Old Woman Single-Handedly Responsible For Nixing Verizon’s Convenience Fee
2:15 pm, January 6th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Ever wonder what actually spurred the removal of Verizon’s $2 “convenience fee” and Bank of America’s ATM fee? It all gets tracked back to a 22-year-old working from a laptop in her little Washington D.C. apartment.
Molly Katchpole started the online petitions that caused these companies to repeal their ridiculous and much criticized fees. “I’m not exactly sure what these companies are thinking,” Katchpole tells Reuters. Well put — and turns out hundreds of thousands of people agree. She used Change.org to start the Verizon and B of A petitions, which got 165,000 and 300,000 signatures, respectively. The only thing more impressive than the number of signatures Katchpole was able to get is the fact that the companies actually responded — and changed their policies.
The point of the story, of course, is that with the power of the Internet, anyone can effect change, even with multinational corporations. But as a fellow 22-year-old woman, I’m just saying, way to go, Molly.
[Photo via Reuters]