Archive Links

Consumer Archive
CU System Archive
Market Archive
Products Archive
Washington Archive

News Now

CU System
Travis Video On Scary Pumpkin Carving Has 'Don't Tax' Theme
VACAVILLE, Calif. (10/31/13)--A tongue-in-cheek video by Vacaville, Calif.-based Travis CU hits Halloween with something truly scary: the spectre of credit union taxation. But Travis knows what to do: Carve out a "Don't Tax My Credit Union" pumpkin and spread the word.
 
The $2.1 billion asset credit union's Youtube video, "Don't Tax My Pumpkin!" begins with these words, accompanied by creepy organ music and evil laughter: "Take away our tax exemption? That's Scary!"
 
Then the whimsical, slightly demented music begins as a man takes out a "Don't Tax My Credit Union" printed flyer and attempts to show, step-by-step, how to transfer it onto a pumpkin. Armed with a tiny screwdriver and electric carving tools and using the flyer as a pattern, he pokes holes around the words and into the pumpkin, peels away the flyer then sets to carving out the excess outer rind around the words and polishing it with a brush.

The result is a pumpkin-colored "Don't Tax My Credit Union" logo.

The video caught the eye of CreditUnionsOnline.com, which said Travis CU "may have started a pop culture movement."  The article noted why credit union taxation is so scary and said, "Unfortunately, the threat is not a creepy tale told around a campfire to drum up more scares on Halloween," said the article. "This threat is real."
RSS print
News Now LiveWire
.@CUNA urges #creditunions to track costs related to #HomeDepotBreach for upcoming survey See #NewsNow http://t.co/NYP5smSppK
38 minutes ago
Learn how to stay competitive with new research blog from @CUNA's econ/statistics dept in Wed's #NewsNow
15 hours ago
#FOMC meeting watch: Change in forward guidance expected #Market #NewsNow http://t.co/PH41VN1j9l
16 hours ago
Member growth at #creditunion continues despite mill closure #NewsNow http://t.co/rNRjLBjvX9
18 hours ago
CA/NV league pres/CEO Dykstra in @sacbee_news: Retailers should hold accountability in data breaches http://t.co/odyHd9N2OG
19 hours ago