October 12, 2010 at 9:33 am #73268Is This Legal ?
After many rejecting my signature many times recently, my bank have said they will come up with a signature stamp for me. Never heard of such a thing. Is this legal? Surely there are massive pitfalls ?
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".October 12, 2010 at 10:14 am #77007Re: Is This Legal ?
Hi, the following article discusses the issue. It was written 7 years ago so things may have changed but it is interesting nonetheless.
A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” - Douglas Adamssar78ModeratorPosts: 2,246Joined: 05/03/2015November 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm #77009Re: Is This Legal ?
Today I finally took my siganture stamp to the big city (Bristol) for it’s first “test witdrawal”. I had used it at my own
branch several times with no problems, but there they know me and I am teir favorite disabled person who they have helped so much.
Boy is it different in the big city! A look of horror came over the cashier’s face as I stamped my signature. She then very curtly told me she had to see me sign the withdrawal slip. I tried to politely explain the problem and in fact that it was their local branch’s idea and they had even provided the stamp for me. No good though, even though I was not raising my voice in any way or showing any signs of annoyance she kept interrupting to just keep repeating “I cannot pay any withdrawal till I have actually seen you sign”. I swear blind she was looking up to the ceiling as she said it once and shaking her head. then from nowhere a very burly man in uniform arrived behind me, they obviously thought they had caught Ronnie Biggs.
Suffice to say, twenty minutes later I was walking out with profuse apologies from the moment a manager got involved. They were not at all aware of this particular set of disability issues and thanked me for alerting them over a cup of tea.
It is another example how the disabled are treated, we are way down the list of priorities. thanks to SAR78 for checking out the legality of it, that did come in handy at a worrying moment.
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".November 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm #77010Re: Is This Legal ?
… and thanked me for alerting them over a cup of tea.
*rubs eyes* a thank you and a free cup of tea …. from an actual bank …. with an actual living breathing bank manager *faint*
Sorry you had the issue, but glad you got it resolved and so politely too. I would freely admit that if JoeBlow turned up with a stamp to use on slips ad cheques I would initially be rather sceptical, but seeing a person in a siilar situ to myself with obvious dexterity issues I’d see it as an aid. I guess it is one of those ‘at-that-moment’ perception things.
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I blog about nothingness www.amgroves.comAMParticipantPosts: 4,751Joined: 05/03/2015November 13, 2010 at 10:14 am #77011Re: Is This Legal ?
Call me an old cynic, but I really think the helpful manager might have been more motivated by the worry of negative publicity rather than any desire to help.
“Bank Berates Disabled”, would not have looked good in the local paper, the vision of a lot of wheelchair users camped outside with placards!
They did seem very nice people though, maybe I am being unfair.
Or am I?
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".November 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm #77012Re: Is This Legal ?
Call me an old cynic,
You’re an old cynic [couldn’t resist]
You do have a point, adverse publicity would have made the issues [a) some people needs stamps to sign with and b) yes they are legal] more public knowledge but could also have back fired into ‘another benefit funded crip having a moan’. I think ordinary joeblow is getting fed up and tired of articles relating to excessive benefit pay outs and hearing about threats and cuts to disabled services, the hardships disabled people face [only if you are in it do the artices have relevance.] – what’s the phrase, sympathy fatigue.
I imagine for those in the banking industry there are so few customers who make use of this system of signature stamps that it is a 10-minute section of the bank staff training they had years ago and promptly forgot.
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