It's really quite amazing. You head off to the shops at 9.00am. The newsagent
has been open for 3 hours. The baker has been open for 2 hours, as has the
local supermarket. But the banks.
Well, they're not open yet! 9.30pm is their awakening time. If you're lucky,
or if they're not "undertaking staff training" - this is their
terminology for finding new ways of holding the public to ransom or fiddling
with public money while the PC programme burns.
So you try the hole in the wall, but
there's no cash available. Then when you do finally get into the bank just
before lunch, despite there being eight 'tills', only three are open. And the
queue of people you now have the luck to head (this will be the only success
you will have with your bank this year) extends around the block.
Whatever the situation here, the problems in the Japanese banking system are
With thanks to the Sunday Times of long ago, I remember the following;
The Origami Bank folded yesterday
The Sumo Bank has gone belly-up
The Bonsai Bank has threatened to cut back its branches.
This follows a
nose-dive in Kamikazi Bank's share prices,
The price of Khazi's stock went down
Rumours abound about the Tenko Bank after staff were locked in last
Security men at the Karate Bank have got the chop
Things look fishy
at the Sushi Bank.
However, things are worst at the Geisha Bank - staff there
all got screwed.