Occupy Wall Street Alternative— Return Junk Mail to Banks

Those pre-paid envelopes make it easy, says advocate
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2011 7:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – Want to send the big banks a message, but don't have the time (or the drums) to join Occupy Wall Street? Poet Artie Moffa has come up with an alternative—just start returning all that junk mail the banks are always sending, notes ABC News. Because the banks' offers typically contain a pre-paid envelope, they contain the potential for all sorts of mischief. "This isn't junk mail, this is an opportunity for a dialogue," says Moffa in a video.

The easiest option Moffa recommends is just returning the pre-paid envelope empty—it costs the banks 25 cents and wastes a bit of their time. If you are more ambitious, he suggests sending the bank your other junk mail (it's heavier), or even a wood shim with a message—that way the envelope is even heavier, and being rigid makes it more expensive. Of course you're not going to bankrupt the banks this way, but if enough people do it, it might get their attention. "The real effect of this is to force the banks to react to us," says Moffa. "If you can't occupy Wall Street, you can at least keep Wall Street occupied."

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