Washington Mutual ATMs no longer free?

Remember all the ads Washington Mutual used to run about how their ATMs didn’t charge any extra fees, regardless of which bank you had an account with? Well apparently that’s not the case anymore.

Since there’s branch for my bank on my route to school, I occasionally stop by Washington Mutual. My bank doesn’t charge fees if I use another bank’s ATM, so getting money from Washington Mutual was always an option.

Imagine my surprise today when, after entering my PIN and the amount of money I want to withdraw, I get a message informing me that I would be charged a 1.50 fee by Washngton Mutual…!

Does this mean they’re going to start charging for their “free” bank accounts too?

3 Comments so far

  1. LessCowbell (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

    That’s Wamu’s fee, not your bank’s fee right? Did your bank say they would also refund other banks’ fees?

    I think that’s Wamu punishing you for not having an account with them :P How dare you


  2. Hesam (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

    I’m referring to Wamu’s fee. My bank doesn’t refund other bank’s fees, but they don’t charge me when I use another bank’s ATM. So as long as the other bank doesn’t charge a fee, it costs me nothing to do the withdrawal.

    Now that Wamu is charging, I would have to pay $1.50 to Wamu (nothing to my bank though).


  3. Sluggish Slug (unregistered) on February 11th, 2006 @ 9:14 am

    WAMU has a nasty habit of charging for things that are supposed to be free. I noticed that they have taken to charging me monthly fees for my account. Imagine at this time and age charging monthly fees! Needless to say, they will be loosing my business quite soon.



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