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So I go to pay a personal loan today and Wells Fargo gives me a popup that I have to pay it at a different site. So I go to the new site and try to register, but it wants my account number. I don't have the bill's account number because Wells Fargo does not mail or email me statements. After 20 minutes, however, I find that the bill is linked through my wife's Wells Fargo account and I can pay it there... theoretically. The problem is, I can pay a bill through her account with her checking or with a non-Wells Fargo account, but not my separate Wells Fargo account. Another 15 minutes of researching wasted.
So then I get the bright idea to call, but you can't do a thing unless you have the account number. So I log back into my wife's acct, get the #, and press option 5 to get info on paying my bill online. Big mistake, cause the recording basically says, "Log in and pay your bill stupid." Obviously nobody would call and waste 5 minutes to hear that. After another 5 minutes, I finally get someone on the line to tell me, "You called the wrong number and the branch you want is 866-xxx-xxxx." So yet another 5 minutes, 4 different options, and finally I get a recording that they're closed. Wonderful....I just wasted a full hour trying to complete a 5 second task.
So that brings me to a question...if a company doesn't bill me, refuses to take my money after 6 or 7 diligent tries, and refuses to try to help me pay my bill, do I still have to legally pay it?
Wells Fargo has to be the worst bank ever and they could care less about their customers. Like so many others here, my accounts were bought out by them or I never would have become a customer to begin with. If you're considering a new bank for your financial needs, pick a small local bank where customer service still actually exists. Wells Fargo represents everything that's wrong with corporate America and they could care less about you.
In Oct. 2008, Vineyard Bank was having financial trouble that prompted us to move our accounts to Wells Fargo agreeing to extend to us the same no-fee arrangement that we were enjoying with VB. WF got our (12) accounts (balances as of Dec. 31, 2014, total north of $675,000) because two reps AVP Boltran Wu from LA office & Richard Bao from Walnut Branch met me personally.
From 2008 thru Oct. 2014, this no-fee arrangement was honored by WF up until Walnut branch manager Marcus Rivas quit, preceded by the promotion of previous customer service manager. The following month in November, I requested the business account, csm, and ultimately the replacement branch manager Nick Williamson to waive a wire transfer fee of $30. All of them said they could not help.
I then wrote via certified mail to district manager Karen Wong on Jan. 15, received Jan. 20, 2015. After having received no response nor phone call for a month and half, I phoned her office and Ms. Wong denied having received the letter. She asked me if I have anything in writing coming from WF about the no-fee arrangement. No, but history of all 12 accounts support the "no-fee" arrangement as not one fee appears as they were all waived since Oct. 2008. I suggested to Ms. Wong to phone former csm, now La Habra manager D. Park to verify. Ms Wong retorted that granting the bank has committed to such an arrangement, it is widely disclosed that the bank can always change its policies at any time. Finally, Ms. Wong said she could not do anything. However, when I requested her to put the bank position in writing, she said bank policy does not require them to respond in writing.
As I am an employee myself with reporting responsibility, and what I am hearing from Ms. Wong is hard to believe, I fired another certified letter this time to CEO John G. Stumpf on Feb. 27 respectfully requesting a written response. Letter was received on Mar. 6, still without result after 3 weeks.
Kim the store manager is so rude and mean, and always has an attitude when I come in to the bank. There is also another manager named Scott Bales that is always sleeping on the job, LAZY, MEAN, and is rude when I ask him a question. Honestly where do they even find people like this to work in a bank. I thought a banking experience was all about customer service, and going out of the way for the customer. Even when I asked Scott Bales a question he just yelled at me like I'm deaf or incompetent. I WILL NEVER GO TO THIS BANK AGAIN, AND I REALLY HOPE SOMEONE TAKES HEED AT BEWARE.