Lady wor­ries bank work­ers are tak­ing ad­van­tage of fa­ther

The China Post - - TV & COMICS -

DEAR AN­NIE: My fa­ther is start­ing to have trou­ble man­ag­ing his bank­ing. He has a de­cent fixed in­come, but some­how, he is now liv­ing from one check to the next and he’s get­ting costly over­drawn no­tices. I have started to write out his bills, and I try to keep his check­book bal­anced.

Last week, I went to the bank with him for the first time. He could not re­mem­ber his ac­count num­ber. He knew noth­ing about how much was in his ac­count and it was ob­vi­ous that the tell­ers were aware of this. They called him by name, try­ing to help him.

When he fin­ished his de­posit­ing a check, he tipped the teller US$30. He said he tips them all the time be­cause they help him. An­nie, I know he makes with­drawals ev­ery Fri­day to “make it through the week­end,” but I didn’t re­al­ize he was tip­ping the tell­ers.

Is this per­mit­ted? I had no idea tell­ers could ac­cept tips. My fa­ther doesn’t have a great deal of money and my brother and I of­ten help him out so he can bal­ance his check­book. How should we han­dle this?

— Se­nior Bank­ing Is­sues

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