Spanish Retiree Fights Digital Bank Divide, Seeks Human Help

A Spanish retiree campaigning to keep in-person customer services at banks because he felt “left out” by the shift to online banking is handing government officials a petition with more than 610,000 signatures.

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Carlos San Juan, 78, a Spanish retiree speaks with the press outside the Economy Ministry in Madrid, Spain Tuesday Feb. 8, 2022. Carlos San Juan, who is campaigning to keep in-person customer services at bank branches has handed Spanish government officials a petition with more than 610,000 signatures saying he felt "left out" by the shift to online banking. On his petition website he complained that "nowadays almost everything is done on the internet and we don't understand those machines." His slogan on change.org is "SoyMayorNOidiota" (I'm a senior citizen, not an idiot). (AP Photo/Paul White)
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MADRID (AP) — A Spanish retiree campaigning to keep in-person customer services at banks because he felt “left out” by the shift to online banking is handing government officials a petition with more than 610,000 signatures, amid a wave of national support for his cause. Carlos San Juan, 78, a retired doctor from Valencia in southeast Spain, traveled to Madrid and was to hand the signatures Tuesday to the secretary of state for the treasury,…

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