Dear TD Canada Trust,
We’ve been together for a long time, more than three decades. I guess you could say we know each other pretty well. I feel like I’ve invested a lot in this relationship and I think we’ve been open and honest with each other. I didn’t think you’d spring something so big on me without talking about it first - and so close to Valentine’s Day, too.
I mean, opening your doors on Sunday is a pretty big deal! I didn’t even receive a text message from you about it… instead, I had to read it in the newspaper.
You see, I’m a Christian. For my family and a whole lot of others in this relationship, Sunday is a special day, a day like no other. I know a lot of people in our world don’t see it like that. I respect their beliefs but at the same time, I thought you were different. Remember those 10 commandments? You’ve always seen the importance of “thou shalt not steal.” What about “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy?” It may not be as trendy for you now but it’s still right there in the top 10.
When I was six and we first met, you made a really big deal over my first deposit of twenty-three cents. I looked up to you in those days. Over the years, though, you didn’t seem to want to look me in the eye. You gave me cards and encouraged me not to enter past the bank machines, suggested I pay bills over the phone and, later, on the computer. At times you wouldn’t even take my calls, leaving me on hold, just waiting...toying with my emotions.
Remember when Sunday was about going to church as a family, having breakfast together, talking about the Saturday night hockey game and planning something fun to do for the day? You took a break on Sunday, and so did I. Maybe it was tobogganing, building a tree-house. And honestly, not once did we seem to miss each other.
Sunday is still a special day for me, and for millions of other people across the country, including many who will be asked to work in the 300 banks you’re opening on Sundays as of this week. It won’t be a special day for them anymore, just another work day. Will you make more money? I bet you will. But then again, with profits upwards of $4.5 billion in 2010, how much is enough? Did your friends put you up to this? It just doesn’t seem like something you’d do, at least not that someone I met 30 years ago. Maybe we’ve just drifted apart…
I’m sorry TD, maybe we need to take a break and see other people. Don’t worry I won’t make it messy. I’ll always respect you but I’m not sure we share the same values anymore. You take your $4.5 billion, I’ll take the 23 cents and the Sundays too. And when it’s all over, I’ll look back at those great Sunday memories with family and you’ll be able to count your cash.
Somehow I think I’ll end up the rich one…
Customer 415622662, formerly known as Neil