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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

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Journal of Beatnik (493)

Tuesday March 06, 2007
07:54 AM

We don't want your stinkin' money!

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The following happened to me this morning when I walked over to the bank at work (yes, AT work) and asked to open a savings account:

Me: Hi, I'd like to open a savings account.
Bank teller: Do you have already an account here?
Me: No. Is that a problem?
Bank teller: No. Please wait a second

At this time, the lady behind the counter walks over to the assistent manager, talks to him for a moment and then walks over to the manager. I overhear some of it and there seemed to be some confusion.. The manager walks over to the counter..

Manager: You want to open a savings account?
Me: Yes, is that a problem?
Manager: Do you already have a bank account here?
Me: No.
Manager: Where do you have your bank account?
Me: At bank FOO
Manager: You do realize that you can only withdraw money from it when you come to the bank, right?
Me: Yes, but I can still *deposit* money on it by bank transer? I mean, it is a savings account..
Manager: Yes... but why do you want a savings account here?
Me: Because I'm too lazy to find the time to go to another bank and I work here so it's easier.
Manager: OK (still looking a bit confused)

It seemed like they almost didn't want to take my money.. Anyway, I got an appointment to set up the savings account. I have no idea why I need an appointment for that but that's what I have.

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  • When I was a teller I could open a savings account in about 15 minutes start to finish. Pheh, an appointment.
    • When I was in America a couple of years ago on a holiday it took me at lot more than 15 minutes to get added to my girlfriends bank account. A couple of years afterwards the account was frozen because they thought I was Iranian.
  • in the netherlands it is much easier to buy a house or car than to open any sort of a bank account. especially if you don't have a current employer - forget about it. i finally ended up with an account attached to my (now) wife's and that took an appointment, i don't know how many different forms, signatures, promises of allegianceship, etc. we were in there must have been an hour!