Chase Manhattan Bank Complaint - Chase Hates International Customers
Don't bank w/ Chase and have the audacity to also own a passport. I've been traveling w/ my wife and baby internationally. Three weeks ago my debit card was lost/stolen. I immediately requested an emergency replacement debit card. Since I was international Chase forced me to provide an address of someone else in the U.S. who then had to rush it to me. My family and the contact waited for a week... no card. I called one week later on Saturday and Chase told me that the representative never entered the order and although I impressed upon the representative that it was an emergency and that my family had no cash and a baby (rationing milk, diapers). I placed another order. I called back Monday to make sure the order was entered. It was not! Buffoonery. Finally on Thursday the U.S. contact received the card and I received it in the foreign country the following Tuesday. Relief? No, and why? The genius customer service representatives at Chase decided to send me a new card, not a replacement card, so the PIN was changed and sent to the address on file because since I'm traveling internationally of course I will have access to this PIN. Over 5 new debit cards in 10 years I haven't had a to walk into a Chase branch to change my PIN number since the 1990s. So now it's week 3, and I STILL don't have access to cash in my account. I have no idea what we're going to do for cash and at this point I might have to resort to illegal means to survive. Banks are supposed to simply hold your cash, not hold it hostage.
This has been a complete nightmare for me, my wife, and son where so much of the world still operates on cash including cabs, buses, food establishments, etc. We've suffered horribly at this point physically (I'm not eating, walking everywhere) and mentally because of Chase's poor customer service.
I've spent hours on the phone w/ Chase and although they have offices here they cannot help a retail client of 10+ years. I'm definitely moving from Chase and switching to a true international bank which Chase is not, it's a phony. I plan to sue for emotional stress, psychological trauma, and withholding of customer service to a client in an emergency situation. I would recommend that no one patronage Chase due to its poor retail customer service. Big banks are bad for customer service and Chase is a living example of that. Please don't disregard this story as this can happen to you and your family too especially if you have a passport. Chase is only a U.S. bank.