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Is Robbing Banks Legal in Lebanon?
In Lebanon, the inflation is so bad that starting in 2019, even before covid, the biggest banks began to limit ATM withdrawals. People were told it didn't matter how much money they had in the bank; they couldn't access it anymore. Today, Lebanese citizens can only withdraw less than $500usd per month.
So let's say you have 1 million dollars in the bank and a relative with a survivable sickness. The surgery costs $2,000. It looks like you’re waiting four months, and hopefully, they survive.
Because of this, black cash markets are gaining in popularity, and with the banks not allowing customers to withdraw their money, robbing a bank isn't technically robbing a bank anymore. It's just asking for your deposit back.
The bank is the criminal in this situation, not the citizen.
But inflation is 180% in Lebanon, so saving money is impossible. People are forced to watch their life savings dwindle on a screen.
How did this happen? The same way it is happening here. The bankers used their client's funds to gamble. The bankers made the wrong decisions, and instead of going out of their pockets to pay their customers back, they said fuck it and closed up shop. None of them have integrity.
However, citizens are now pulling up to the banks with pistols and not asking so nicely anymore.
One woman withdrew her money for her sister's surgery at gunpoint and while taking hostages. She was released from prison because it was her money, so that doesn't count as robbing (and it ended up being a toy gun).
The first guy to do this was celebrated and carried in the streets once he was released from prison. He robbed a bank and took hostages to get his son's school tuition.
But remember, they are NOT robbing the banks - they are asking for their own money back!
There are many such videos; you can find them here.