As a progressive DFH and corporate-wary liberal, you would think I'd rarely have many good things to say about the banking industry. But I can't say enough about, and be more loyal to mine. Since giving me the business loan to build the new Biomes Center, this bank has proven to be nothing less than the most customer-friendly, honest and professional corporate institution I could possibly imagine. Every teller, bank manager and even the president himself, who attends all the bank-hosted meet and greets himself and seems to know the names of every business customer, introduces himself and takes the time to chat about your endeavors. I've been blown away by them from day one.
After the fleecing I almost got from an electric company scam mentioned yesterday, the bank manager spent three hours with me and managed to outsmart the scammers at their own game. Helping me to string along and out-maneuver these scumbags by re-authorizing the cards they duped me into buying and quickly funneling the money back into my accounts before they could grab it, he saved me $800.
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With roughly 2,000 animals depending on the electric grid, I can go full panic mode when that resource is threatened. So when I got a call from National Grid saying my service is going to be terminated in an hour if I don't pay up (even though I'm not delinquent, which should have been my first clue), I ran around town trying to get things paid off with one of those prepaid cards, like the nice rep "George" instructed. I may have realized I was being scammed in time, or I may be out $800 because of my gullibility. I'm a first class sceptic and I'd like to think I'm hard to fool. But we'll see in the morning if I got screwed.
Biomes made it onto the February cover in of Southern Rhode Island's monthly magazine for their edition focusing on family fun things to do this winter. Here are some kids petting my sharks from the cover of this month's issue.
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