ATM: Automatic Truth Machines

  • Jan. 9, 2012
  • Tags: prank

RAN activists took to the streets of San Francisco to turn every Bank of America ATM in the city into an "Automated Truth Machine."


Here's how they did it.

The activists used special non-adhesive stickers designed to look exactly like BoA’s ATM interface. But instead of checking and savings accounts, these new menus offered a list of everything BoA customers’ money is being used for, including investment in coal-fired power plants, foreclosure on Americans’ homes, bankrolling of climate change, and paying for fat executive bonuses.

The stickers also encourage BoA customers to “Stop doing business with Bank of America until they start behaving responsibly” and have the URL to their new blog: BankruptingAmerica.tumblr.com.

They are using that blog to track all the ways BoA is bankrupting America, hence the name. Apparently, RAN it has received so many submissions it’s clear to us that this website was badly needed. There are lots of grievances to be aired with regard to how Bank of America is conducting its business these days, as it turns out. (Not that that’s terribly surprising.)

The response to this action has been so huge that  they have made the design available as a high-res PDF. It’s available here.

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