College Bans Student for Complaining About Branded Debit Cards

October 13, 2011

A marketing(!) major at Catawba Valley Community College in North Carolina, Bechtol told WCNC-TV he didn't want the branded debit card in the first place, because he didn't want to hand over his personal info to Higher One—the financial services company that partnered up with CVCC to provide "seamless transitions" and efficiency and other niceties. However, the reading materials accompanying his debit card—which doubles as a student ID—said he had to activate it in order to receive his grant money; left with no real choice, Bechtol activated his card...

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