Jeff Pearlman

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The cynic in me

A few minutes ago I stopped in at my local Chase to make a withdrawl. Saw this sign in the lobby:

The wife and I are vastly different people when it comes to this stuff. She generally assumes the best in people, be they individuals or even corporations. “Why,” she asks, “can’t you accept goodness at face value?”

I just can’t.

When I think of banks—Chase, Citi, everyone—I think of greed. I think of evil. I think, mostly, of mortgages, and the damage inflicted upon vast swaths of people over the past few years. Hence, when I see Chase talking about its love of country and the troops, I immediately assume it’s some sort of PR bullshit; a ploy to wave the flag and get suckers to say, “Wow, what wonderful people!” and open accounts. I mean, does anyone really think the Chase big guns held a meeting and said, “Here’s an idea! Let’s devise a completely unselfish way to help our troops?” Uh … no.

I wish I smelled the flowers.

Usually, it’s just the poop.

  • Sportswriting Refugee

    Jeff – You should reserve your energy for regulators. Short of them lying or breaking current laws, you shouldn’t blame banks and corporations for doing what they have to do to compete and survive within the parameters available to them. Blame the government for not regulating tightly enough. Banks and corporations aren’t evil. They’re just trying to survive like the rest of us.

  • Kevin

    There’s no doubt that the motivation behind a campaign like this is not pure altruism. Chase wants to improve its public image and attract new customers. That said I am not sure why we blame them for that. If people weren’t won over by shallow displays of patriotism, companies wouldn’t bother with them.

  • jmw

    My son is in the Army.
    When he bought his car through his Military Banking account he was able to get it at invoice.
    Military accounts have advantages normal accounts don’t have.

  • Bobby Fetter

    Why do you HATE America?

  • Kevin

    Wouldn’t that like assuming your blog really doesn’t exist as an outlet for your thoughts, but to promote your books?

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