A woman on TikTok claims that ANZ banned her for life and closed her accounts just because she has an OF page. However, there’s more to the story.
Myer Squats, a social influencer, claims that ANZ bank expelled her from their branch, banned her for life, and then closed all of her accounts because “they are completely discriminatory against sex work.” However, according to witnesses, the OF model was engaging in questionable legal and ethical behaviour.
Myer Squats is an OF model with a modest 2300-person TikTok following. On TikTok, however, her most recent video, in which she accuses ANZ bank of being sexist and permanently banning her and shutting all of her accounts because she is a sex worker, has garnered 190,000 views and 8,000 likes.
“I’m now banned from ANZ for life, which feels absolutely amazing, due to the fact I have OF account,” Myer explains in her video.
She concluded: “They [ANZ bank] are completely discriminatory against sex work… so… brilliant!”
ANZ was founded in London in 1835 as the Bank of Australasia under Royal Charter. The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited is a multinational banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is Australia’s second-largest bank in terms of assets and fourth-largest bank in terms of market capitalisation.
While many people felt there was more to the tale, Myer Squats refused to provide any additional information, instead directing visitors to her Instagram account, which was subsequently turned private.
Other clients of the same bank have since come forward to provide light on the circumstances surrounding Myer Squats’ lifetime ban from ANZ bank.
“This woman was promoting her OnlyFans and Instagram accounts by airdropping explicit pictutres from her iPhone while she was inside the ANZ bank. It was a disgusting and, as far as I can tell, illegal method of self-promotion,” as one eyewitness put it.
Sending unsolicited nudes using tech is considered “cyberflashing.” Cyberflashing is the act of sending an unsolicited photo of a person’s privates without their knowledge via social media apps such as Instagram, dating apps such as Hinge, or the iPhone’s AirDrop feature.
In 2019, the British Transport Police reported 66 reported cases – emphasis on’reported’ – but it is likely that there were countless more that went undetected. There have been numerous anecdotal reports of cyberflashing through AirDrop occurring on trains, buses, and tubes (and this is before the pandemic hit, forcing the nation to stay at home and spend more time online than ever before).
Cyberflashing is a criminal activity and can lend a person in jail for one whole year, according to The New York Times.
Myer Squats uploaded a video to her TikTok account on June 8 in which she boasted about AirDropping nudes to strangers in a coffee shop, demonstrating that she has previously employed this tactic of self-promotion.
Ms. Myer has declined to comment on the allegations or provide any other details regarding her lifetime ban from ANZ bank.