After over fifteen years of being a loyal Washington Mutual Savings Bank and, subsequently, Chase Bank customer, I was miffed when a Chase Bank computer arbitrarily caused a change in my banking status which then set into motion fees for what had long been grandfathered free service accounts. After calling the corporate office and personally visiting the Walla Walla Branch, I felt frustrated with the dawning realization that old school empathy and good neighbor customer service had succumbed to the new "corporatespeak." Vowing that I was going to either find someone who would truly listen and help me find a remedy to the problem...or leave Chase forever even if it meant finding an inferior bank with free checking...I tried one more strategy--going to the College Place branch.
Literally three seconds after entering the bank, Bank Manager, Mary K., welcomed me and asked how she might help. Rather than delegate another person to handle my concerns, she invited me into her office and invited me to air my problem, even when it meant having to listen to my rant about corporate structure.
She was a great listener, very empathetic, and willing to go the extra mile. Assuring me that she would discuss my case with the district manager, Mary K. gave me 100% customer courtesy, great eye contact, and a sense of optimism that Chase truly hadn't forgotten about "the little guy."
Mary called me a few days later to give me the great news that she and her district manager had found a way to reinstate my former status. It meant a bit of corporate account juggling, but the important thing is that they made the earnest effort and had utilized a bit of creativity to remedy the situation.
When I consider how the College Place Branch Manager had helped me move from a position of truly wanting to terminate all of my accounts at Chase Bank to a position of extreme gratitude, I have no hesitation at all in giving this particular branch the highest ratings possible.
Thank you so very much, Mary K. You and your staff have renewed my confidence in Chase Bank. Your hometown friendliness and sincere concern for your customers were hallmark traditions that J. P. Morgan himself utilized in his business dealings. Certainly, you've made him proud today!