A couple weeks ago, my dad went to HSBC in Chinatown to do some bank stuff. One of his GICs were close to maturing and he wanted to re-new or when it matures. He met with a bank rep with his request and left thinking it was done.
When he got home, he couldn’t figure out why the numbers are different. Since I don’t follow his investments, I didn’t know what to tell him and the statement the bank rep printed out for him was just a summary of what’s in his accounts, no history or transactions were provided at all. After questioning my dad about his visit to HSBC Chinatown, he revealed that the bank rep was not very clear with what he was doing with my dad’s accounts and asked him to sign paperwork which a copy was not given to my dad. The bank was hesistant with answering questions and my dad didn’t feel comfortable with the bank rep but he already signed the paperwork which immediately taken away. It was tempting to lecture my dad on signing unknown paperwork but I understand that as a senior chinese who doesn’t understand English, he would trust a bank rep from a major bank that he’s been with for years to be honest with him regarding his paperwork. Read the rest of this entry
Growing up in Strathcona Vancouver in the late 70s, early 80s, I spent a lot of my time in Chinatown with my family (I would love to connect with those that went to school in the Strathcona area around that time). Nowadays, I go about once a month if need to. I really miss the old Chinatown because of the memories. The Chinatown before Sun Yat Sen, Chinatown mall, HSBC building was built. Read the rest of this entry