Don’t like Chase? You’re not alone. If you haven’t already dropped the bank but are willing to let them go, you might be on your way to a free steak dinner.
The owner of the Twilight Exit in Seattle has had it with Chase and he hopes to encourage you to leave also. He can’t offer free drinks because it’s against the law, but apparently free dinners are OK:
…the owner of Central District bar the Twilight Exit, is trying to kill two birds with one stone: drum up some publicity for his business and stick it to the lender that he says has him “by the short hairs.” “I want to hurt them,” he says of the bank.
He explains that his Kafka-esque experience with the bank finally put him over the edge:
First, he says, Chase secretly lowered his line of credit — the lifeline of any small business owner. [The bar owner] had just moved the bar, so he was maxed out on his cards. As a result, Chase was able to tell him that his credit rating wasn’t good enough to qualify.
“So I said fine; got that fixed. But then they come back and tell me my credit is too good.”
[The bar owner] would clear a hurdle, he says, only to find another, even stranger one in his path. Like the forms.
Chase, he says, would send him these pre-filled-out forms. All he had to do was sign.
So sign he did. And just to be safe, [The bar owner] sent the forms back by fax, e-mail, snail mail — any form of communication he could think of.
“And then they say they’re not legible. I’m thinking, ‘All I did was sign. How can a signature not be legible?’”
“If someone wants a steak dinner,” he told Seattle Weekly. “I will feed them.”