Name any bank and I can produce at least one person with a horror story about why they will never bank there. For me that bank is Bank of America, but this story is about the bank I like– Wells Fargo.
I opened my account there the day BofA bought my beloved Security Pacific (yeah I’m old), and with very few exceptions the stagecoach has provided me with fine service.
In addition to being old, I’m also old fashioned. When I write a check, I want to see it returned to me in the envelope with my bank statement. For years I’ve had to pay Wells Fargo $2.50 a month for the “privilege” of getting my own checks back: Apparently they prefer to store them electronically and then destroy them.
Well, I want them and have no problem paying for them (although I do wonder what exactly I’m paying for).
All was well with me and Henry Wells until about two months ago, when my statement arrived with pages of copies of checks, but no checks. I’m right on top of my finances, so two months later (when I noticed) I got mightily pissed off about this and went into the bank to see what’s what.
No more checks is what’s what. No matter how you plead, no matter what you pay, you ain’t never seein’ dem checkies again once they leave you.
I’m wondering if this policy is universal to all banks now that we are in the Modern Age (HEY WHERE’S MY DAMN JET PACK?) or if this is peculiar to Wells Fargo.
After all these years I would hate the thought of changing banks, but this is pretty important to me – I might consider it….