Something that happened to me yesterday and I was going to post but forgot.
Around lunch time, I went to do some errands at a local bank branch. I sat in the waiting area, per normal, the manager went to ask what task I needed and check I had the right paperwork, per normal, when I went in to see the banker, he was all annoyed. He said:
Normally this branch is appointment-only, so I'm having to skip my lunch to handle your thing.
He left to print some papers, and I was like... appointment? At a bank? Not only have I never heard of such a thing, nothing in my entire life has ever hinted that banks even take appointments. When the guy came back I said:
Sorry about making you miss your lunch, I've honestly never heard of making an appointment at a bank, and the bank I normally go to, Bank of America, doesn't do appointments.
But he insisted they did. (If they do, they've never mentioned it to me in the literally 20 years I've been a customer of theirs, and they don't have any kind of "make an appointment to see a banker" widget in their website I look at literally every day.)
Turns out I didn't even have the right paperwork so I didn't take too much of his lunch anyway.
So the question is:
- Appointments at banks, is this a thing?
- Is it a regional thing, maybe? Like this guy's from New York where it's normal?
- If it is a thing, when did it start?
- Am I the only one who didn't know you were "supposed" to make an appointment before walking into a bank?
- Or was this guy just being a jerk because his boss understaffed and he had to miss lunch?
(I talked to some co-workers when I got back, and most of them said they'd never heard of having to make an appointment to talk to a banker before.)