Lady worries bank workers are taking advantage of father
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