the movie that spawned a thousand movies, workers get the shaft with paycheck card

Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen

Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, a still shot from the movie The Magnificent Seven(1960). The major premise of the movie, seven avengers who decide to protect a small poor village from bandits, was based on  Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. Even if you have never seen The Magnificent Seven, you have. Just about every movie made since then that features a group of people banning to together to fight overwhelming odds, is based on these movies.

Paid via Card, Workers Feel Sting of Fees

But in the overwhelming majority of cases, using the card involves a fee. And those fees can quickly add up: one provider, for example, charges $1.75 to make a withdrawal from most A.T.M.’s, $2.95 for a paper statement and $6 to replace a card. Some users even have to pay $7 inactivity fees for not using their cards.

These fees can take such a big bite out of paychecks that some employees end up making less than the minimum wage once the charges are taken into account, according to interviews with consumer lawyers, employees, and state and federal regulators.

Paying a fee to access your meager wages. Some of the employers that issues these paycheck cards either refuse to use direct deposit into someone who has a no fee credit union account. Some do not tell employees they even have an option and some make employees fill out extra paperwork to use an alternative method of payment.

High School Students Learn Flight Basics

Girl student members of the Pre-Flight Squadron Flying Club of Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles, California, learn the basics of flying in J-17 training planes. 1944-04-28.

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