Today Show: Bad Behavior Online & How To Avoid Bank Overdraft Fees

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Today Show: Should Bad Behavior Be Posted Online?

Now that we have technology at our fingertips at every moment, Today contributor Stephanie Gosk asked the question, should bad behavior be posted online? This debate stems from the story of a woman who posted the picture of a man on Facebook with whom she had been riding the train.

Today Show: Bad Behavior Online & How To Avoid Bank Overdraft Fees

The Today Show examined whether people should post the bad behavior of strangers on social media.

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The whole way through, he and his friends were “bragging about their multiple affairs and how their wives are too stupid to catch on.” The image was shared thousands of times through social media, although some are now wondering if she went too far by publicly outing her fellow passenger. Other examples include how Nicole Richie criticized a paparazzo on Instagram, and a woman who was caught dropping a cat into a garbage can.

Anna Post: Consequences Of Online Vigilantism

According to etiquette expert Anna Post, “online vigilantism” is not a good idea. “It never goes anywhere good,” she explained. While viewers believe it’s okay to punish other peoples’ bad behavior, bystanders don’t really know the full story. In fact, there may be consequences to outing the bad behavior of strangers.

The moral of the story here is, if someone is doing something harmful or illegal, go to the authorities instead of handling it yourself.

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Today Show: How To Avoid Bank Overdraft Fees

Matt Lauer spoke with personal financial expert Carmen Wong Ulrich regarding bank overdraft fees. According to a new report, banks made 12.6 billion dollars last year in overdraft fees, and a whopping 61% of their revenues came from penalties or fees. The average American paid $225 dollars in fees.

Carmen explained that banks are charging people who can’t afford to pay these fees. However, there are ways to avoid charges, so follow Carmen’s simple tips:

  • Don’t opt into extra fees
  • Keep your tank 1/4 full (make sure there’s always money in your account)
  • Sign up for low balance alerts
  • Be careful with automated bill pay

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