About once a month I go into the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) at 21 Swanston Street, fill in one of those quick deposit envelopes, and shove it with a cheque through the slot, in order to push money into one of my only remaining CBA accounts.
That branch has been there for decades. It’s where I opened my a bank account when I was about 12, which I had until late last year when I’d had enough of the CBA shafting me.
In past decades it was often a very busy place, but recently it’s been fairly quiet, and hadn’t been renovated in many years. It had a kind of nasty odour about it, too. I wondered if they might close it, given there is another branch less than a block from there. It might become just a row of ATMs.
But no, they renovated it with bright new colours and service desks out in the open and all the usual new bank stuff. But you know what they forgot to put back?
The displays that show the current date. They weren’t high-tech — someone must have flipped the card(s) every day — and maybe it didn’t fit the new, modern image. But given most people have to fill in the date on a form somewhere on the rare occasion they go into a bank branch, it was essential.
What’s the date today please?