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BS: Bank Branch Closures

Steve Shaw 04 May 21 - 07:10 AM
Rain Dog 04 May 21 - 05:55 AM
Rain Dog 04 May 21 - 05:53 AM
Raggytash 04 May 21 - 05:52 AM
Dave the Gnome 04 May 21 - 04:58 AM
The Sandman 04 May 21 - 03:25 AM
Dave the Gnome 04 May 21 - 02:50 AM
punkfolkrocker 03 May 21 - 03:40 PM
Rain Dog 03 May 21 - 03:20 PM

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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 May 21 - 07:10 AM

That business of a bank wanting to see my mum in person happened to me at Santander in Bury, where the branch is in a pedestrian area behind The Rock, a long way from any available car park. My mum was completely disabled and the whole thing was a severe tribulation. They would not be persuaded. We closed the bloody account.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 04 May 21 - 05:55 AM

Bloody hell Raggytash, how far away are the nearest branches?


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 04 May 21 - 05:53 AM

I know that a lot of people use internet banking these days but I don't. I still pay bills at my local branch of NatWest and make a point of going in a couple of times a month. Of course nowadays I use the ATMS to pay bills rather than go to one of the tellers. Whenever I do go in there are normally some people waiting to see a teller.

I have been using a card during the covid period to pay in shops. Ordinarily I prefer to use cash. Still use cash in the pub.

When branches close they always say that you can use the post office. Our main post office went years ago, replaced by a much smaller one within a shop. They are always busy even nowadays. Bank closures will only make them more so, at least while the older stick in the muds like myself are still alive.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Raggytash
Date: 04 May 21 - 05:52 AM

In Whitby Lloyds and Nat West have already gone, TSB telephoned me before Christmas to tell me my branch was closing.

Word on the grapevine is that HSBC will close shortly.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 04 May 21 - 04:58 AM

I must add that the closed Barclays near us is about to open as a bar and restaurant - a much better use for the building :-D


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: The Sandman
Date: 04 May 21 - 03:25 AM

yes,in rural ireland it started happening 20 years ago we have to rely on post offices now so i try to pay some of my bills at PO. to help keep it open
THE BANK IN BALLYDEHOB ,THE BUILDING WAS BOUGHT BY THE VILLAGE COMMUNITY COUNCIL AND IS NOW USED AS A TOURIST OFFICE RELYING ON VOLUNTEERS SUCH AS MYSELF TO KEEP IT OPEN. the nearest banks are ten miles awa but certain days of the wekk there is a mobile van bank


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 04 May 21 - 02:50 AM

Barclays in our village closed and the branch in the nearby town are being absolute arseholes with the organisation my wife is involved in. I ditched them for Starling in December.


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Subject: RE: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 03 May 21 - 03:40 PM

Yes, that's impacted my family directly.
Barclays closed down their branch in the small West country town where my mum lives.

The next nearest branch is in the bigger town where I am.
A bus or train ride away for families who don't drive, like mine.

Coinciding, the long-standing bus route from virtual my mum's front door to mine
was axed.

Do Barclays give a s*** how inconvenient they make it for their elderly customers.

We needed to sort out a transaction on my mum's behalf, and they insisted she attend in person at the branch.
For the usual bollocks security and data protection excuses.
Despite her advancing dementia.

I asked if we could arrange alternative telephone phone transactions.
But Barclays put every barrier in front of us to prevent that happening within a reasonable time scale.

This meant having to find a car owning friend who was kind enough to collect my mum and put towels and polythene sheets down on the back seat,
Because of my mum's explosive double incontinence and leaky pads.

I explained all this to Barclays.
Yet they still insisted we had to drag her into the branch.
Refusing in advance to let her use the in-branch toilet in an emergency.

Then in branch they turned a simple transaction into a lengthy interrogation, treating us as though we were criminal fraudsters..
Authoritarian bastards..

After all that time and duress,
Mum pissed herself on the way out;
and we had to beg the nearest cafe to let her use their facilities.
So she clean up, before getting back in our friends car..

That was approximately a year before covid closed all surviving branches to normal business...

What about the elderly customers who don't have have younger family or friends to help them out in these dire situations...!!!???


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Subject: BS: Bank Branch Closures
From: Rain Dog
Date: 03 May 21 - 03:20 PM

Here in Dover, Barclays are the first of the big four banks to decide to close their Dover branch. They plan to close in June this year.

In neighbouring Deal, HSBC are the first to go. They plan to close in August this year.

Have any other mudcatters had bank closures in their area?

I know that banking is a bit different in the US but see that banks have been closing branches there too.

USA Bank Branch Closures - NCRC Report


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