Public Citizen and Americans for Fairness in Lending teamed up to invite people host a scary movie night in the spirit of Halloween. We offered to supply hosts with a copy of Maxed Out (while supplies lasted), our report "The Arbitration Trap: How Credit Card Companies Ensnare Consumers," a discussion guide and party favors if they invited friends and family over to share horror stories of consumers being haunted by credit card companies.
The response has been amazing. From Alaska to Maine and from Wisconsin to Texas, people signed up to host movie nights. And they are not just happening in living rooms. People are hosting movie nights at high schools, universities, churches, community centers and even one overseas military base. Before long, we ran out of our supply of free DVDs, but people still wanted to educate others about this issue and so either bought or rented a copy to screen.
Here is some of the feedback we have received from hosts so far:
"My guests and I couldn’t believe what credit card companies are doing with these arbitration clauses. I cut my card up and am looking for one that does not use them."
-Michael from Illinois
"I’ve decided to cut back on my credit card use because I’m furious with the shady business tactics they use with us. I’m really glad I signed up for the movie night and will try to reorganize it again for maximum effect."
-Holiday from California
"Maxed Out movie night was great! …we paused the movie several times to discuss what the movie was talking about…We have decided to get involved with the college and high school kids and make this a huge event."
-Nanette from Oregon
Interested in hosting a Maxed Out Movie Night? Sign up here. If you find a copy of Maxed Out, we will send you an event kit with everything you will need.