I’m on a bit of a tirade today as I work through a few short sale issues and personal banking issues that shouldn’t exist.
I have a firm understanding of my value to a large corporation. It’s purely monetary, and I’m just a number. To further exacerbate the problem, one of the companies mentioned in the title is owned by the Government, and the Government is the last entity on the planet that I place my trust in. The only thing that I can trust in is my own ability to survive. I am 100% responsible for 100% of my actions 100% of the time. Period.
Things don’t happen to us. They are a result of choices we make, and today, I choose to shift my entire financial strategy from big bank, to small bank. Here’s a simple illustration of what drives me to be suspicious of big banks. I recently noted two independent tweets from the “team” of twitter support people at both Wells Fargo and Bank Of America. Let me first disclaim that I don’t believe that either bank has genuinely taken an interest in supporting their customers through twitter for any other reason than to appear as though they care. There’s no possible way for them to support all of their customers through twitter.
A recent Tweet fromWells Fargo:
@jimgoodman I work for @Ask_WellsFargo & saw ur tweet. (I also replied to @corkz.) Plz follow & DM Deutsche Bank Barry Snyder with the details. We want 2 help. ^JR
…and now a similar response from Bank of America:
@RealScottsdale I work for Bank of America. Were you able to find a resolution to your Equator question? ^km
Perhaps they care, perhaps they don’t. It’s possible that they both follow a basic protocol that has organically grown through the phenomenon known as Twitter, or it’s possible that they have both hired a 3rd party support organization who answers questions based on a list of policies and procedures. It could be that they are just hiring whomever to “do it the way the other guy does it.”
Either way, the only responses I have ever received from the “support” department from a lending institution has been something to the tune of, “I work for the bank, so I can help you, I hope we helped.” No real help is being offered. They’re simply fielding tweets to gauge customer perception, and they should probably already know that the amount of bad comments will inherently outweigh the good comments, because that’s how people work. People will always tell 10 people how terrible something is before they’ll tell one person how good something is.
GRRRR. Good bye big banks!