I’m a bank teller, and I’ve made some observations about the customers that can be perplexing sometimes.
Why do people hold back a bunch of related transactions and give them to the teller one at a time, instead of giving them all to the teller at once? Often the order they dole them out is a needlessly difficult order to do them in.
Why do people in a drive-through all line up in one line, usually the line immediately next to the building? We have three other lanes and a walk-up window, and idle tellers, while the cars go through one … at … a … time.
Corollary: Why do people who have been waiting behind another car who get impatient pull away from the drive-through entirely, instead of moving to one of the empty lanes?
Why do people who have to throw their transaction into the drawer (because their car is parked too far away to reach it) get surprised when they can’t reach the receipt and/or cash in the drawer that results from the transaction?
When someone writes a check, they print the whole front of it except the signature line. Why, when someone brings in a check with an blank “Pay to the order of:” line, do they sign their name in it? Why not print it?
Why do people give out checks with a blank “Pay to the order of:” line?
Why do people, when asked for an ID at a bank, respond with “I’ve been banking here for 50 years!” (Do I even look 50? I’m 27.)
Why do people so rarely listen to what I tell them when they need some kind of special endorsement on a check? Got a check written to your two-year-old and you want to know what to put on the back to get it cashed? “Write your child’s name, then sign your own and write ‘signing for minor’” Invariably, it comes back “Kid Smith. Bob Smith. Minor.” What happened to the “signing for” part?
Yeah, I’m not really looking for answers. What do your customers or co-workers do that’s just perplexing?