JPMorgan Chase Bank: Anti-Christmas and just plain callous
JPMorgan Chase has issued the following response to the AFA Action Alert (12-6-10):
"Thank you for your interest. There is a lot of wrong information out there. There are Christmas trees across the lobbies of our headquarters offices around the world. In this case, we have a policy of not accepting any gifts from customers, but we're applying common sense here and offering to put the tree back up at our expense. We're thankful for Mr. Morales' nice gesture. Merry Christmas."AFA has asked JPMorgan Chase to review its stringent policy currently prohibiting other local bank branches from displaying Christmas trees and other decorations in a way that reflects the local community personality as it relates to the celebration of Christmas.
AFA will inform you of Chase's response to this request.
JPMorgan Chase's current written policy to branch banks:
To insure everone who visits our branches is made to feel completely welcome and comfortable, you received approved holiday decorations (four small window stickers) in your December One Box. These are the only decorations that may be displayed in the public areas of your branch. If you have any decorations displayed other than those included in the One Box, please take them down. (emphasis ours)What this means for all JCMorgan Chase banks except the headquarters and a single branch office in Texas: No Christmas trees, no lights, no holly, no wreaths, no ornaments, no garland, no nothin'!
According to the Star-Telegram, a local Texas businessman had assembled and decorated a 9-foot-tall tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank Southlake Boulevard branch in Tarrant County as a favor to the manager, who is one of his clients.
The branch manager was quickly told by the bank that the tree had to go. She later showed the businessman an e-mail from JPMorgan Chase saying that the tree had to be removed because some people were offended by it.
Stated in an internal Chase documents the American Family Association has received, every bank has "received approved holiday decorations in your December One Box. These are the only (emphasis in original) decorations that may be displayed in the public areas of your branch. If you have any other decorations...please take them down."
Chase provided decorations…four small window stickers with lights printed on them. That's it!
According to the employee, "At work, Chase expects us to perform like company-programmed robots and not share the spirit of Christmas with our customers. We're real people and our customers are real people, but Chase has put chains on our individuality and our ability to share the spirit of Christmas with our friends and neighbors who bank with us."
Send an email to JPMorgan Chase bank, letting them know their callous approach to Christmas is just plain wrong.
Tell them you think branch bank employees should be able to represent the Spirit of Christmas that reflects the celebrations of the local community.