State Bank of India - Saving Bank Account and Locker Facility — Savings Bank Account and Locker Facility.
Place: Bangalore - Outer Ring Road, Sarjapure, Near Shobha Apartments.
Date and Time: 14 July 2009, 12:35pm.
We wanted to open a saving bank account and avail locker facility in recently opened (1st July) SBI branch at Outer Ring Road, Sarjapure, Near Shobha Apartments, Bangalore. We asked at reception that we want to open a saving bank account and avail locker facility. The gentleman at reception said that for saving account you need to fill this form and for locker you need to talk to Branch Manager. So we went to talk to Branch Manager for locker facility first. When we asked for locker facility, he said that you will have to make an FD of Rs.100k. To which, I asked, is it by law that I have to make an FD. The Manager said No, but in order to recover the cost of locker we are asking our customers for this FD. I said, sir I don’t have this big amount but having locker facility will surely help me from security point of view. Then the manager asked ok then can you make Rs.70K FD. I said again the same thing that sir I don’t have this big amount upfront to make FD. Ultimately, the branch manager said you can leave your name and contact details with me and I will contact you as soon as the locker is available. Means, If I have FD to make then you have locker facility otherwise you don’t have locker. :-)
Moral of the story:
Someone may say its business or its the sheer case of black mail from the bank and bank officials, well its the way one looks at it. Also, this has no offence to anyone and to whom so ever it may concern. Besides that, I also believe that nothing is going to happen to the bank nor the branch manager or anyone. If you need to find the proof then check the FD's made by the persons who has availed the locker facility.
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