Peter: the delux carries an automatic monthly transfer to a savings account, right?
Teller: that's right, we set that up right here in the branch.
Peter: $100 a month, or something?
Teller: just $75
Peter: so what's the interest rate for the savings account?
Teller: you get an introductory rate of 3.25% on the first $500 and [blah blah, more figures]
Peter: fascinating. A reverse teaser rate.
Teller: Yes, [what a great deal this, etc]
Peter: and what's the regular interest rate after the one year?
Teller: well it varies you know.
Peter: what is the rate today?
Teller: zero point one-five percent
Peter: [pause.. astonishment..] ZERO POINT ONE-FIVE PERCENT??
[voice goes up a few decibels] that's.. fifteen cents a year.. on a HUNDRED DOLLARS??
Teller: [almost inaudible] that's right
Peter: wow. WOW.
[can't believe it.. does the math again in his head] zero point one-five percent.
[looks at the teller to see if she thinks this is strange. Teller is looking at her feet.. maybe wondering if she's going to have to hit the security button]
Peter: you have Ben Bernanke to thank for that.. [realizes that this is not the place for a debate on macro economics, and quits]
Teller: can I help you with anything else?
Peter: [cheerful again] no not today, thanks!
I just wish I'd thought to point out to her that when Wells Fargo lends me money, they charge around twenty percent interest (i.e. cash advance rate) and did she think that was fair? But why bother?