I would imagine many business owners like me have struggled with reduced cash flow over the past 18-24 months...what more appropriate time to make use of an existing credit line? I have two Citibank credit cards including a Citibank Driver's Edge card that I've had for over 22 years. Never was late on payments; often had a zero balance, received rebates on two car purchases, and systematically established a very substantial credit line. My interest rate in 2007 was 9.9% Over the past year I reluctantly allowed my balance to climb, as my rate also climbed to 14.9%. In November I was late on one payment and..... "bang!"..... late fees, reduction in credit line, and slammed me with a 29.9% interest rate! Discussions/pleas with the representatives are like talking to emotionless robots. Gee, thanks Citibank, for your concern about the hardship your 20-year Customer is experiencing. As if 14.9% interest isn't enough interest to make? Yesterday I withdrew enough money from my IRA to pay off both accounts; frankly I'd rather pay the 10% penalty and pay our government extra taxes that allow Citibank to exploit and benefit from my hardship. Fortunately the economy is begining to cycle-back, my income is growing, and I vow to never to do business with Citbank again; and will take advantage of any opportunity I have to disuade friends, family, and clients from dealing with this huge corporate theif.
I have been banking with citibank for about 3 years because citi @work through my job. However, got a notice in may stating that the account will no longer be free with direct deposit and you will need $15k to waive the fee or pay $20, then just recently they sent notice that they would raise the account fee from $20 - $25. Requested to close my account online, got a message back that they are sorry to see me go but that is it. I had to send 2 additional messages just to get my account closed.
Obviously they didn't care about my business because they weren't doing anything to retain. Overall the service was decent, didn't have many problems, online features are pretty good. But i am putting my money where i actually get something in return. Citi declined me for a credit card but bofa and capital one actually approved me for the cash rewards 1-2-3 and the quicksilver. So i rather put my money into banks that actually offer something versus consistently trying to get more out of me and not doing much.
This morning october 14, 2014, 9:00 am, i called citi bank at norco branch to get some more info for the home equity loan for my friend but the loan officer told me if my friend cannot speak english he can't help and even i told him i can help my friend to translate everything. Is it discrimination and against the law?