An angry FNB customer has sparked a social media storm after displaying a banner declaring the institution to be “Flippen Negligent Bankers” over a Johannesburg highway on Monday morning.
In addition to the name-change the banks’ iconic Acacia tree has been replaced by an AK-47 assault rifle.
FNB was thrust into the spotlight recently after two high-profile safety deposit box robberies left customers fuming due to a lack of communication.
A FNB branch in Randburg was targeted and hit by criminals, who escaped with over 200 safety deposit boxes containing various valuables of both monetary and sentimental value on 23 December, while criminals escaped with over R1.7 million in a similar robbery at the bank’s Parktown branch.
As no one has come forward claiming responsibility for the sign however, it is difficult to say whether the two are related or if the customer is disgruntled for other reasons.
This is not the first time private signage has caused controversy, with Cell C going to court in 2014 after customer George Prokas slammed the cellular provider with a banner displaying: “The most useless service provider in the country as experienced via Cell C Sandton City.”

FNB said that it has been made aware of the sign that was erected “unlawfully”, but could not comment further on the matter.
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