Reader: Blame Mr. Potter for George Bailey's dilemma
Bankers! It was bumbling Uncle Billy who managed to misplace George Bailey's deposit -- but it was the banker, Mr. Potter, who took advantage of the situation. Just as bankers are taking advantage of the unfortunate today. It's a Wonderful Life may be over sixty years old, but the movie has a very modern moral, as Josiah Hesse points out.
No deposit, no return: Uncle Billy and George Bailey.
"These decisions ultimately leave him broke, stuck in his hometown, and -- after a mixup with a deposit to the bank -- on the hook for eight grand, which leads to a warrant for his arrest."
As I vaguely recall, didn't Mr. Potter unlawfully convert the found $8,000, left by the bumbling relative?
Yes, it was Uncle Billy who lost the deposit, leaving George holding the empty bag -- but it was Mr. Potter who took advantage of their misfortune. What moral does It's a Wonderful Life have for modern audiences?