Demand the Return of Property Stolen by Bank


Target: First National Bank in Wellston, Ohio

Goal: Return belongings to woman whose house was wrongfully repossessed

Katie Barnett, an Ohio resident, came back from a two-week vacation to find that her key suddenly no longer fit in her door. After she crawled through a window, she realized that all of her possessions had disappeared. The police, however, could not help her. Her house was wrongfully repossessed by the First National Bank. This came as a surprise, especially due to the fact that the house the bank was after was across the street.

The bank told Barnett that their GPS had led them to her house, and now the bank is refusing to reimburse her for the things they took. Many of her belongings were thrown away, and some were sold by the bank. Barnett estimated $18,000 in losses, yet when she asked for reimbursement, she stated that, “[The bank president] got very firm with me and said, ‘We’re not paying you retail here, that’s just the way it is.’”

Banks can not be allowed to have this kind of leeway. Their mistake affected the wrong person, and now Barnett is suffering. Sign this petition to demand that the bank reimburse Katie Barnett full price for all of her possessions.


Dear President of the First National Bank,

Recently, your bank repossessed the house of Katie Barnett, who returned home from a two-week vacation to find that her locks were changed and her possessions were gone. Unfortunately, it was not her house that you meant to repossess, but one across the street. Yet when she spoke to you and gave you an estimate for the items your bank took, you stated that you refused to reimburse her.

I demand that you reimburse Barnett for the full retail amount of all the items you took from her home. This mistake was made entirely on the part of your bank, yet Barnett is suffering. She presented you with a figure of $18,000, and you must pay this in full, or risk losing the trust of the public whose money you claim to keep safe.


[Your Name Here]

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