Cidu Bill on Nov 25th 2012


Is this something banks actually do?

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  1. Jeff S. Nov 25th 2012 at 05:23 pm 1

    Some do, but I really think it depends upon the teller. I work in a pet-friendly store (because we sell retriever toys and dvds). There is a greeter that gets a bag of beef jerky each shift and gives the dogs a treat as they come inside, and gives some extra to the owners to give to their pets as they shop.

  2. Charon the Ferryman Nov 25th 2012 at 06:34 pm 2

    My bank (a local Savings & Trust) does this at all of its locations. Not only at the drive-ups, the dogs that get to come into the bank also get a treat.

    We also had a Dunkin Donuts that did the same with donut-shaped dog treats.

  3. Elyrest Nov 25th 2012 at 07:02 pm 3

    Yes, it is something that some banks actually do. It is, as Jeff S., said up to the teller. Dog lovers give treats.

  4. Mary in Ohio Nov 25th 2012 at 07:37 pm 4

    Yup. But if I drive up to my Credit Union’s drive-through with a cat on the front seat (the Credit Union is near the Vet’s office) they sort of pretend it didn’t happen.

  5. bAT L. Nov 25th 2012 at 07:40 pm 5

    I remember seeing a commercial long ago where they sent a small toy car in the canister to a little kid in the car. I suppose it was a commercial for some particular brand of bank, but if the tellers didn’t deliver on that “promise”, I’m sure their ploy would backfire with the amount of disgruntled kids annoying their parents.

    And no, I don’t remember what bank chain it was to look up the commercial. I figured that I had enough Hot Wheels at the time, and I like Micro Machines better anyway, so I didn’t have to bother with asking my parents to switch banks.

  6. The Bad Seed Nov 25th 2012 at 07:55 pm 6

    One time I went through the drive-through window at a Dunkin Donuts with my little parrot sitting on my shoulder (wings clipped), and the guy gave him a munchkin of his own!

  7. AMC Nov 25th 2012 at 08:59 pm 7

    Absolutely - very common at banks.

  8. Angela Nov 25th 2012 at 10:55 pm 8

    I’ve worked at 3 (and multiple locations at each 3) and yes, it’s very much something that banks do. And the dogs totally know to expect their treat. They are worse than kids with the over excitement with the expectation of the treat. And, yes banks give suckers or tootsie rolls to kids at all of the banks that I’m familiar with as well. Just in case you haven’t seen that before. :)

  9. Jeff S. Nov 26th 2012 at 12:04 am 9

    Since I started working at Bass Pro, I have seen several hundred dogs, 3 cats, 2 parrots, and a pot-bellied pig. I know there has been a ferret in the store as well, but I was at lunch when it came into the store. I have not seen a partridge in a pear tree though.

  10. Mike C. Nov 26th 2012 at 12:42 am 10

    I work in a pharmacy and at my old store in IL we would have a box of dog treats at the drive-thru window for people’s dogs. In my experience you usually you find this at locations with dog owners in managerial positions.

  11. The Vicar Nov 26th 2012 at 03:44 am 11

    Hmph. In other words, we cat owners are paying extra to subsidize treats for you dog-owners’ dogs, and get nothing in return. :P

  12. Kilby Nov 26th 2012 at 04:11 am 12

    This is not only something that (some) banks actually do (see above), it’s also been going on for a very long time. I recall a bank in Portland (Oregon) that included dog treats in drive-up envelopes nearly thirty years ago, as well as a dog who knew exactly when the car was headed in the direction of that bank.

  13. Daniel J. Drazen Nov 26th 2012 at 10:05 am 13

    At one bank in town they have dishes of cheap lollipops (Dum-Dums) at the teller cages.

  14. heather Nov 26th 2012 at 10:21 am 14

    Is a ‘drive-up bank’ something different in the US? I’ve never heard of this practice and the comments about it are leaving me puzzled. First, it seems like some commenters are talking about going INTO a store, which is different than using a ‘drive-up’. (Do that many stores allow pets? Strange…) Then when I think “drive-up” I think of the drive-thru automated tellers. Not sure how they would even know you have a dog, much less program the machines to dispense treats… So I’m assuming you’re talking about actual teller windows that you drive up to, not machines? But if it’s an actual teller, they wouldn’t “send you” something, they would “give you” something. What “canisters”? This all sounds so strange and foreign lol…

  15. UXO Nov 26th 2012 at 10:27 am 15

    To the cat owners complaining of being taken advantage of: shouldn’t you be used to it by now? You own cats.

  16. David Nov 26th 2012 at 11:03 am 16

    @Heather, this description (with pictures) may help.

    The typical bank drive-up teller has several lanes, there is usually an ATM (or two) farthest from the window. One teller at the window works all the lanes, with a sliding drawer for the lane directly at the window, and pneumatic message tubes (the canisters) for the other lanes. There are stories of people trying to rob banks by sending notes or explosives through the tubes, then not knowing what to do when the teller sends it back and shuts off the tube.

    As a kid, I only ever got to go through them when riding along with a friend somewhere, and the tellers were good at spotting all the kids in the car and sending the right number of tootsie pops.

    @UXO (15), I think you’ve nailed it. To add to that, most cats wouldn’t take a treat given to them at the bank, because it was given to them.

  17. Gary Nov 26th 2012 at 12:35 pm 17

    My first thought when reading this was “banks still have drive-up windows?” The few around here that had them have converted them to drive-up ATMs.

    Still, I had no problem accepting this as something banks used to do, and from the other comments it seems the drive-up window hasn’t entirely disappeared.

    Banks, especially the smaller ones, like to be seen as “friendly” or “customer-oriented” and this is one way to do that.

  18. Tonya Nov 26th 2012 at 02:37 pm 18

    Yep. There’s always a big bowl of doggy treats in the drive thru window of my bank.

  19. Chakolate Nov 26th 2012 at 03:19 pm 19

    Forty-plus years ago the tellers at my friend’s bank sent out a sucker for her daughter regularly, but when she was in the car when I went to my bank, oops! no sucker.

    That took some explaining.

  20. The Vicar Nov 26th 2012 at 07:59 pm 20


    Mainly my complaint was meant as a joke, but the complaint wasn’t “why don’t they offer cat treats as well” but “why are they offering treats at all if it means spending everyone’s money to subsidize a subgroup”, which is a good question. (After all, a lot of people have no pets at all, so offering cat treats as well, or even treats for every conceivable pet, still would be robbing them slightly.) It’s similar to the difference between “the government shouldn’t put up crosses on public land unless they also put up holy symbols for every religion” and “the government shouldn’t put up holy symbols on public land, regardless of origin”.

    (And you’re also wrong about not accepting treats; most cats will happily accept food provided it’s GOOD food. My cats would do anything at all for the treats I’ve been buying, which I won’t name to avoid sounding like a planted advertisement but it’s one of the kinds you can get at a supermarket or PetCo or PetSmart. One of them made a 7-foot vertical jump, squeezed through a one-and-a-half-inch gap, and chewed through a foil-wrapped sealed ziplock plastic bag to get at the supply before I found a more cat-proof location. I suspect that they’d do the same for dried fish, or bits of chicken.)

  21. UXO Nov 26th 2012 at 08:05 pm 21

    Not to be pedantic - and yes, I thought your original post was a joke, but now I start to wonder - but I’d argue it’s NOT similar. Banks are private institutions and can spend their money any way they see fit. Big difference.

  22. The Vicar Nov 26th 2012 at 08:58 pm 22


    You are missing my point. I’m drawing a distinction between “they aren’t pandering equally to all groups” and “they shouldn’t be pandering to any group at all”. Who “they” are is irrelevant to that distinction.

  23. Jeff S. Nov 26th 2012 at 09:22 pm 23

    In my experience, dogs travel in cars better than cats do, so I would think the tellers see more considerably more dogs than cats. Enough so, that they really only need to supply dog treats.

  24. The Vicar Nov 26th 2012 at 09:41 pm 24

    @Jeff S.:

    Not just cars; (most) cats don’t travel well by any means other than “let them go where they want to go”, in which case they won’t be going to the bank. Ever seen a cat walked with a leash? Brutal.

  25. Elyrest Nov 26th 2012 at 10:22 pm 25

    I used to hate discussions that involved cats - then I was adopted by one. She’ll actually come when I call (most of the time), eat what I give her (most of the time), not lay on top of my laptop (most of the time), and doesn’t wake me in the morning (most of the time).

  26. Boise Ed Nov 27th 2012 at 05:51 pm 26

    Gosh, Vicar (#11), just put your cat on a leash and take him to the bank. I’ll bet he can get a dig biscuit, too.

  27. Meryl A Nov 29th 2012 at 02:40 am 27

    The bank I use has for decades handed out lollipops to customers and their children whether at the counter or the window. The bank has been bought up multiple times and this applies to the branches that were added when they were acquired so it seems to be something that the acquiring banks also did or adopted. I have never seen dog treats or anything other than the lollipops there. It is one of the largest 3 banks in the country, not some little bank. On the other hand my credit unions do not do this nor do any of the banks that I deal with for organizations of which I am treasurer or for clients.

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