One of my favorite stories:
I have a relative, born, raised, and living in the US. She has always been an enthusiastic Canada booster, for reasons that I’m not entirely clear about. At every opportunity, it seems, she praises Canada and all things Canadian, especially at the expense of the US.
A few years ago I was complaining the bank where my adult daughter keeps her money. Daughter had overdrawn her account. Bank had not let her know in a timely fashion and continued to allow her to use the debit card. Each time she did (typically for small totals like $3.80 or $1.97) they hit her with a $15 overdraft charge. It was all perfectly legal, and it was in the fine print, but it was kind of shabby, and when she politely asked if some or all of the charges could be reversed, first time offender and all, she was told no.
“Too bad [daughter] doesn’t have her account at a Canadian bank,” said my relative. “A Canadian bank would never do anything like that.”
“The account is at TD Bank,” I said, and when she didn’t show any recognition, I clarified: “Toronto Dominion Bank. It IS Canadian.”
Rarely has it been my pleasure to have someone walk so quickly, easily, and fully into a Gotcha. I love this relative dearly, but man oh man was I glad to be able to silence her there, if even for a moment!