One of the great ironies in modern America is that the less money you have, the more you pay to use it. The country’s “unbanked” must pay high fees to fringe banks to turn their paychecks into cash, pay their monthly bills, or send money to a spouse or a child. The unbanked pay much of their income—up to 10 percent—just to use their money. For these families, the total price of simple financial services each month is more than they spend on food. Indeed, it is very expensive to be poor. This article makes a proposal, transform underused post offices into public banks that would bail humans out of financial emergencies.
Baradaran, Mehrsa, "If the U.S. Government Treated Poor People as Well as It Treats Banks" (2015). Popular Media. 223.