I had to wait for a friend before we could go out to lunch. She was waiting for her bank manager to come and visit her at work.

How solicitous, I said. A bank manager making house calls!

No, apparently it's new policy. If you have certain kinds of names, Muslim sounding names, you can not open a bank account with a visit from the bank to make sure you really are who you say you are. NB: this was not for a loan, but just to open an account.

Now I will point out for sake of balance. This was S's understanding of the need for the 5 minute visit to her place of work. The bank doesn't put it that way.

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