Originally Posted by lawyerdad
You realize the teller is not actually a "banker" in any meaningful sense, right? You can obviously make your own choices, but if you think that choosing a bank because none of the tellers have nose studs or tattoos means you're getting any more competence or integrity, I think you're sadly mistaken.
I can see why they pay you the big bucks.
No, tellers many not be "bankers", but they are
the public face of the bank and they carry out all routine bank transactions. If they are allowed to dress in an unprofessional manner, it sends the wrong message, not just about them, but about the bank itself. After all, who hired these people? Who trained them? Who decided it was OK for them to dress inappropriately? Not the tellers. Something as small as a stud in the nose (or body piercings) is a symptom of bigger problems at the bank. If management has such poor judgment as to allow something so obvious, why would you trust their judgment on bigger issues involving your money? I mean, if you had a choice between placing your life savings with the investment management group of a bank that has employees with nose studs, lip rings, and tattoos, and another bank where all the employees are scrupulously dressed like bankers, who are you going to be more inclined to choose? And trust
? Banking is a people business. You have to be able to trust the people who handle your money. Don't underestimate the importance of this last point.
One simple and pertinent example - tellers have full access to all of your personal information you've given the bank. They also have access to any funds you have deposited with the bank, including those in any investment accounts. I would feel better dealing with a bank where people at least look like they are honest. Wouldn't you? (And spare me the lecture about making assumptions; you know as well as I that piercings and tattoos are more common among criminals than non-criminals.)