My new debit card! With my partner's pic on it!

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    Aug 24, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    So we got fed up with Bank of America. And Wells Fargo opened a new branch here in Wilton Manors a month ago, within walking distance of us. And during the Stonewall Pride parade, they came down Wilton Drive with 6 horses pulling a stagecoach, and about 80 employees marching behind it, all wearing Wells Fargo T-shirts. OK, we figured, these guys wanna be gay-friendly to our community.

    So we visited them, and sat down with their branch manager. And he's gonna give our SMART Ride to Key West a cash donation. And so we decided to transfer our own banking to them, terminating our Bank of America accounts.

    Today I got a Wells Fargo debit card in the mail, imprinted with a pic I sent them online, of me and my partner, the two of us down in Key West at the completion of the SMART Ride (some of you may have seen my posting of it here, and it's in my private RJ album). I just now showed it to him, and he was so thrilled.

    I'm so happy it all happened as I wished, and my partner can see how much I love him. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 24, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    Lovely
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    Art_Deco saidSo we got fed up with Bank of America. And Wells Fargo opened a new branch here in Wilton Manors a month ago, within walking distance of us. And during the Stonewall Pride parade, they came down Wilton Drive with 6 horses pulling a stagecoach, and about 80 employees marching behind it, all wearing Wells Fargo T-shirts. OK, we figured, these guys wanna be gay-friendly to our community.

    So we visited them, and sat down with their branch manager. And he's gonna give our SMART Ride to Key West a big amount of money. And so we decided to transfer our own banking to them, terminating our Bank of America accounts.

    Today I got a Wells Fargo debit card in the mail, imprinted with a pic I sent them online, of me and my partner, the two of us down in Key West at the completion of the SMART Ride ( some of you may have seen my posting of it here, and it's in my private RJ archive). I just now showed it to him, and he was so thrilled.

    I'm so happy it all happened as I wished, and my partner can see how much I love him. icon_biggrin.gif



    Its a marketing act, Wells Fargo is gay friendly compared to other banks, but not really. I have a friend who works corporate. They do a "getting to know you" dealy with the company, one of the questions they ask you are "If you could have dinner with one person who ever lived who would it be?"

    He said Harvey Milk. The HR director approached him and said "Now, Jebus (not his name), there is diversity, then there is workplace appropriate diversity."

    He ended up changing his answer.

    So yes, gay friendly to get your money, but not really gay friendly to let us be open in their workplace without feeling repercussions.
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    Aug 24, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidSo we got fed up with Bank of America. And Wells Fargo opened a new branch here in Wilton Manors a month ago, within walking distance of us. And during the Stonewall Pride parade, they came down Wilton Drive with 6 horses pulling a stagecoach, and about 80 employees marching behind it, all wearing Wells Fargo T-shirts. OK, we figured, these guys wanna be gay-friendly to our community.

    So we visited them, and sat down with their branch manager. And he's gonna give our SMART Ride to Key West a big amount of money. And so we decided to transfer our own banking to them, terminating our Bank of America accounts.

    Today I got a Wells Fargo debit card in the mail, imprinted with a pic I sent them online, of me and my partner, the two of us down in Key West at the completion of the SMART Ride (some of you may have seen my posting of it here, and it's in my private RJ archive). I just now showed it to him, and he was so thrilled.

    I'm so happy it all happened as I wished, and my partner can see how much I love him. icon_biggrin.gif



    Perhaps you should write BRAVO and see if your life could be turned into a reality show. Who knows, maybe there will be a bidding war among all the major networks, which could lead to guest stints on The Weather Channel covering hurricanes icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 24, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    Simurgh saidIts a marketing act, Wells Fargo is gay friendly compared to other banks, but not really. I have a friend who works corporate. They do a "getting to know you" dealy with the company, one of the questions they ask you are "If you could have dinner with one person who ever lived who would it be?"

    He said Harvey Milk. The HR director approached him and said "Now, Jebus (not his name), there is diversity, then there is workplace appropriate diversity."

    He ended up changing his answer.

    So yes, gay friendly to get your money, but not really gay friendly to let us be open in their workplace without feeling repercussions.

    We are not gullible. We will see what the results are. But we hated Bank of America, for many reasons, and needed a new bank.

    Will Wells Fargo be the one? I dunno. We will see. So far the local branch is very promising. Our personal banker is gay himself. I'll keep you all informed if this works out, or not.
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidSo we got fed up with Bank of America. And . . . .icon_biggrin.gif
    Congrats on giving B of A the boot. I had nothing but nightmare experiences with all their hidden fees. The problem I had was that they purchased two of the three successive banks in the migration procession. I've been ecstatic with Regions Bank for the last eight years. The only fees generated have been from credit card use while outside the US. That is about to change with monthly maintenance fees to be charged for using the debit card. B of A is a for profit institution that will ream its customers with no mercy shown and smile while doing them.
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    Wells Fargo is indeed gay friendly icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    Turin saidWells Fargo is indeed gay friendly icon_wink.gif



    I just hope Wells Fargo was willing to give Arty a loan so he could pay that $400 phone bill. I mean what good is a gay "personal banker" if they can't get you financing icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:50 AM GMT

    Very romantic, Art. icon_wink.gif

    Our bank has nothing like pics on cards....yet!
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    So sweet!
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    Aug 25, 2011 1:05 AM GMT
    Very nice Bob, congrats. Sometimes the little things can really make you feel good. Hope you are doing well too!
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    Aug 25, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    Very romantic, Art. icon_wink.gif

    Our bank has nothing like pics on cards....yet!

    Well it was so simple, all done online. I uploaded the pic I wanted to use and cropped it to the card. The card I received was exactly what I had created. And I think C is kinda touched that I wanted that pic of us together on my card. And it cost nothing, a free service to have it done.
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    Aug 25, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    Simurgh saidSo yes, gay friendly to get your money, but not really gay friendly to let us be open in their workplace without feeling repercussions.
    Welcome to corporate america.
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    Aug 25, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
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    HndsmKansan saidVery nice Bob, congrats. Sometimes the little things can really make you feel good. Hope you are doing well too!

    Thanks! Doing pretty well. Saw the oncologist on Monday, he gave me a 75% chance of survival. Not as good as I had hoped, but he said my cancer was aggressive, and high risk. I suppose it could be worse, and he said it was in the early stages, which improves my chances. I'm still planning to do the SMART Ride to Key West in November as a bicyclist, we're working my radiation treatment schedule around it.
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    Aug 25, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
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    Simurgh saidSo yes, gay friendly to get your money, but not really gay friendly to let us be open in their workplace without feeling repercussions.
    Welcome to corporate america.

    Well I dunno. Our banker there is openly gay himself. And the Asst VP who runs that branch has pledged several thousand dollars from Wells Fargo to our SMART Ride for HIV/AIDS. And they were the only bank who had a presence (actually the largest corporate one) at our Stonewall Pride Parade in June.

    If it's just window dressing it's pretty impressive. Compared to other banks that have done zilch in this gay community. How high up the corporate ladder this goes I can't judge, but we're gonna give them the benefit of the doubt until proven wrong. And frankly I'm proud my partner & I got this branch to donate to our SMART Ride, I think it's gonna be $5000 this year. Plus we're trying to get them to field a rider team with Wells Fargo jerseys.
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    Aug 25, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    paulflexes said
    Simurgh saidSo yes, gay friendly to get your money, but not really gay friendly to let us be open in their workplace without feeling repercussions.
    Welcome to corporate america.

    Well I dunno. Our banker there is openly gay himself. And the Asst VP who runs that branch has pledged several thousand dollars from Wells Fargo to our SMART Ride for HIV/AIDS. And they were the only bank who had a presence (actually the largest corporate one) at our Stonewall Pride Parade in June.

    If it's just window dressing it's pretty impressive. Compared to other banks that have done zilch in this gay community. How high up the corporate ladder this goes I can't judge, but we're gonna give them the benefit of the doubt until proven wrong. And frankly I'm proud my partner & I got this branch to donate to our SMART Ride, I think it's gonna be $5000 this year. Plus we're trying to get them to field a rider team with Wells Fargo jerseys.


    very cool Art, Keep it up! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 25, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
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    I disagree.
    I thought it was a nice story, especially when compared to all the ones about homophobic America or the constant bitching and sniping or that goes on around here. If no one cared, no one would have responded.

    I like these posts, keep 'em coming Art.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 25, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
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    Turin saidWells Fargo is indeed gay friendly icon_wink.gif



    I just hope Wells Fargo was willing to give Arty a loan so he could pay that $400 phone bill. I mean what good is a gay "personal banker" if they can't get you financing icon_lol.gif
    Don't ever attempt to get all high and mighty the next time you accuse someone of belittling. You say all the time that you're above SB's bullshit, however this post proves that you are not.
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    Aug 25, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    I want my partner's picture on it! But I dont have a partner icon_confused.gif
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    southbeach1500 said
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Turin saidWells Fargo is indeed gay friendly icon_wink.gif



    I just hope Wells Fargo was willing to give Arty a loan so he could pay that $400 phone bill. I mean what good is a gay "personal banker" if they can't get you financing icon_lol.gif



    He'll also need a loan from his new "gay banker" for the things his insurance won't cover from all the damages from the "likely" hurricane that is headed AWAY from his condo.... imaginary "smashed windows" caused by imaginary "flying debris" costs a LOT to repair. icon_lol.gif


    CALM DOWN!
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    Aug 25, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    Sweet story Art icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 25, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    paulflexes said
    Simurgh saidSo yes, gay friendly to get your money, but not really gay friendly to let us be open in their workplace without feeling repercussions.
    Welcome to corporate america.

    Well I dunno. Our banker there is openly gay himself. And the Asst VP who runs that branch has pledged several thousand dollars from Wells Fargo to our SMART Ride for HIV/AIDS. And they were the only bank who had a presence (actually the largest corporate one) at our Stonewall Pride Parade in June.

    If it's just window dressing it's pretty impressive. Compared to other banks that have done zilch in this gay community. How high up the corporate ladder this goes I can't judge, but we're gonna give them the benefit of the doubt until proven wrong. And frankly I'm proud my partner & I got this branch to donate to our SMART Ride, I think it's gonna be $5000 this year. Plus we're trying to get them to field a rider team with Wells Fargo jerseys.
    You're probably right. My bankers and all the tellers know my primary income (for my business account) is from gay porn, and they don't care. It's all money in OUR pockets. icon_cool.gif
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    Art_Deco saidSo we got fed up with Bank of America. And . . . .icon_biggrin.gif
    Congrats on giving B of A the boot. I had nothing but nightmare experiences with all their hidden fees. The problem I had was that they purchased two of the three successive banks in the migration procession. I've been ecstatic with Regions Bank for the last eight years. The only fees generated have been from credit card use while outside the US. That is about to change with monthly maintenance fees to be charged for using the debit card. B of A is a for profit institution that will ream its customers with no mercy shown and smile while doing them.

    I'm unclear -- is it your Regions Bank, or BOA that's going to start charging for debit card use? If BOA then my partner will be even happier I got us out of there. We're canceling our BOA accounts as soon as our monthly direct deposits are confirmed going to Wells Fargo.

    I only took BOA when my partner & I got together because that's what he had, and I could transfer money instantly to him online. He in turn was afraid to change banks and get his direct deposits screwed up, plus BOA has branches everywhere we travel, a big "footprint" as they call it. But he really hated BOA for some credit card hanky-panky they pulled on him, and the impersonal service at our local branch.

    But now Wells Fargo has a big footprint, too, as well as the same (or better) online banking features, and when they built a new branch within walking distance of us my mind was made up. And with them wanting to gain a foothold in this mostly gay community we found them ripe for a nice donation to our favorite HIV/AIDS charity event, the SMART Ride. We're on a first-name basis with all their local branch officers, and so far it's just been a much more pleasant experience than BOA.
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    Aug 25, 2011 1:07 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Very romantic, Art. icon_wink.gif

    Our bank has nothing like pics on cards....yet!

    Well, in the meantime I suppose you could do something creative with a marking pen. icon_wink.gif