This little anecdote from deadscot over on his blog Shit I Made Up is the sort of thing that would cause anyone’s blood pressure to rise a notch or three. DS’s wife is currently stationed in Iraq so he regularly has to deposit her paycheck into their bank account and he has a Power of Attorney document supplied to him by the Military specifically to allow him to do this… except that’s apparently not good enough for the folks at Bank of America who refused to allow him to deposit the check without one of their own POAs:
Me: So how do I go about getting these checks deposited?
Bank Mgr: She will need to come-in and complete our POA.
Me: She’s in Iraq, that’s why I have this POA.
Bank Mgr: I understand that. That’s why she needs to have a POA.
Me: So this POA means nothing?
As DOF so eloquently asked, what the hell do you do in that sort of situation? Fortunately deadscot is a clever fellow and he managed to work things out without strangling anyone in the process though I’m sure many Bank of America customers might be better off if he had.
Found via DOF though I would’ve gotten around to reading DS’s blog eventually as I’m trying to get caught up on my blogroll, as mentioned previously.