Okay. We have a bank account. This bank sold off some of its branches to another bank. Our checking account was sold to them as well. The new bank sent us new checks. New debit cards. Everything emblazened with the new bank's logo. We received a letter explaining that after such-and-such a date, the switch would be complete, that we would be doing business with the new bank, and would need to use our new checks and debit cards.
I drove to the new bank. Ironically, I had to drive past the bank where we have always done our business, open and still doing a lively business. (They also retain our home equity loan.) I drove out of my way to go into town, and made two laps around the block looking for a parking place. I went inside and waited my turn. "May I help you?" the very pleasant teller asked. "Yes," I said. "We need to close this account." Brusquely the teller asked the reason. I said, "Because we pick who we do business with." The teller acted as if I'd suddenly begun speaking in a foreign tongue. "What?!!!" she said. I said, "You may want our business, but my husband and I choose who we do business with, not vice versa. You might be a perfectly fine bank, but we did not choose to do business with you. We wish to withdraw our money and go back to our own bank."
She did not seem to understand my reasoning.
It's perfectly logical to us.
We again use the same bank we've always used, but I will never understand how a bank can simply come in, decide they want your account and buy it from your own bank. The fact that our bank sold us out without warning is not comforting either. How hard up for money are they?
Has this happened to anyone else?