The 22-Year-Old Girl Who Stopped the Verizon and Bank of America Fees

There's one woman behind the take-down of both the egregious Verizon Wireless and Bank of America fees enacted earlier this year: 22-year-old Meredith Katchpole. 

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One woman was behind the take-down of both egregious Verizon Wireless and Bank of America fees enacted earlier this year:  22-year-old Molly Katchpole*. Katchpole started two petitions that got hundreds of thousands of signatures each, influencing the eventual retraction of the $2 and $5 fees that had Verizon and Bank of America customers in a tizzy, discovered Reuters's Chris Taylor. When she's not getting corporations to back down, she has a pretty average (twee) DC life. As fellow DC dwellers, we should know.

Works at a Non-Profit Fresh out of college, from Rhode Island's Roger William University, Katchpole came to DC to work as a fellow for Rebuild The Dream, a non-profit that lobbies against income inequality. "Fellow" is a common DC-term for underpaid worker slave. And, "Non-profit" is one of the few acceptable answers for the oft-asked "where do you work" question. The others include: politics, government and media.

Is New to the City At 22 year's old, Katchpole is the freshest of fresh, coming straight from her homestate of Rhode Island, where she went to college and also grew-up, her Facebook tells us. But, pretty much everyone living in DC just got here or is about to leave. It's a transplant town. And, it's not that exciting.

Loves Browsing Flea Markets and Going to Vegan Cafes She told Taylor she goes to DC's many flea markets and we discovered that she "likes" The Everlasting Cafe, a vegan cafe in the crunchy-ish, hipster-ish, DC neighborhood Columbia Heights. We also bet she rides a Capitol Bike Share rental bike to the Dupont Circle's Farmer's market, where she buys ingredient for her debate watching party later.

Has a Not-That-Quirky Quirk Taylor also notes that she has a bunny rabbit named Crackers. Just from browsing the DC area OKCupid listings, one learns that many DC-ites have these "idiosyncratic" hobbies, that aren't all too interesting: "into knitting," "brew my own beer," etc.

This post originally referred to Molly as Meredith. 

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