BARCLAYS last night signalled a shake up in the banking industry by cutting its unauthorised overdraft fees from criminally immoral to sickeningly outrageous.
Britain's biggest bank said the development of new technology has allowed it to stop behaving like a common street thug absolutely all the time.
From next week customers who go beyond their overdraft limit will be charged just £8 each time the Barclays computer says 'no' to another computer.
A spokesman said: "Thanks to hi-tech innovation our computer can now say 'no' a lot faster than it used to.
"Before it used to go 'nnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooo', which would cost roughly £35 in computer time. Now it just goes 'nope', really quickly."
He added: "Anyone who says it only costs £2.50 for a computer to say 'no' obviously doesn't know very much about computers and stuff."
Meanwhile Barclays has reassured its shareholders that any lost revenue would be recouped, probably late at night in an alley, with the business end of a cricket bat.