Hilo Merrill Lynch Bans Albertini

Jim Albertini given Trespass Warning Form for trying to deliver a lei and petitions to Merrill Lynch Branch Manager, Art Miho.
1437 Kilauea Ave. Suite 205, Hilo, Hi 96720. Phone # 935-1136

Today’s 4-5:30 sign holding fronting Hilo’s Merrill Lynch office had a good turn out of about 50 people.  At 4:15, a four person delegation crossed the street with a lei in hand and copies of a petition with approximately 200 names.  The petition read:

We demand that Merrill Lynch remove it’s $55 Trillion in risky-bet derivatives from Bank of America FDIC tax payer insured accounts. It’s a scam to stick the tax payer for another Bailout if and when the risky-bet derivatives fail. We will not Bail Out Merrill Lynch or Bank of America again. NO MORE BANKSTER BAILOUTS!

We intended to give Merrill Lynch branch Manager, Art Miho, a lei as a goodwill gesture of aloha, to be clear there was no personal ill will against any employee of Merrill Lynch.  Our concerns are the bank policies that benefit the 1% at the expense of the 99%.

When we got to the 2nd floor office area of Merrill Lynch, we found the doors locked with the office lights all on and two security officers stationed outside the door.  We explained our purpose to security guards and rang the door bell but no one answered. We left the flower lei hanging on the door knob and slid the folder of petitions under the door.  As we turned to leave one of the security guards said he had orders to give me a letter.  The letter was entitled “Trespass Warning Form”  and had my name hand written in under the section (Name of Trespasser).  Under the section “Reason for Trespassing ” was hand written “No legitimate reason to be on the property.”  Below that, the form read: You are hereby notified that your presence is no longer desired at the property indicated below (Merrill Lynch).  Therefore, you are now prohibited from entering and/or returning onto this premises for a period of one (1) year from the date of issuance.  This notice applies even though you may be visiting at the invitation of a patron, guest or employee.  Failure to comply with this warning will result in your arrest and prosecution for criminal trespass; Sec. 708-814, H.R.S.

There is no date on the form and the signature of the issuer is illegible.

My suggestion is simple:  anyone who doesn’t think Merrill Lynch risky-bet derivatives should be put into FDIC tax payer insured accounts should pay Merrill Lynch a visit (or at least call 935-1136) and tell them so.  Let Merrill Lynch issue ban & bar letters to the entire Hilo community.  It’s time for the 99% to stand up to the 1% and be counted. —

Jim Albertini