Wells Fargo Branches in Bismarck/Mandan Are Rarely Open
You probably have heard or have used the term "banker's hours" before...but let's refresh from Oxford Languages
short working hours (in reference to the typical opening hours of a bank in former times).
By "former times" the definition is harkening back to a time decades ago where banks used to open at 8 AM and close by 4 PM or 5 PM at the latest. They say "former times" because banks had changed to meet the needs of their customers. Earlier hours and later daily availability at least through their drive-ups.
Now more than ever before we should all envy working "bankers hours".
Because at least for Bismarck/Mandan Wells Fargo banking locations you'd have a pretty damn cushy job. At least according to my experience on Friday. I was home letting my puppies out over the lunch hour and lo and behold I received a check in the mail!
Not a credit card offer or an alma mater booster request...an actual check!
Sweet! I've got time, I'm going to swing by the downtown Bismarck Wells Fargo drive-through only location and deposit my new found booty. REJECTED! Not one lane closed but the entire branch closed! What the heck? So I drove back to work knowing I'd be in the neighborhood of the Mandan Wells Fargo branch later that afternoon. No problem, just roll up to the drive-through at 3 PM on a Friday afternoon...but wait, there's no cartridge in the tube. So I figure, OK I'll just run into the lobby at 3 PM on a Friday and deposit this hot check. The door's locked. The lobby's closed. Banker by appointment only.
Maybe I misunderstood that nobody was working the drive-through 3 PM on a Friday
So I drove around again right by the teller window this time...closed nobody there. Frustrated, I drive away. It was later brought to my attention that I could have drove back around the lot again and made the deposit through the ATM. It was later, later, brought to my attention that I could take a picture of the check and deposit it through my online checking.
Neither are methods I'm secure in doing.
I give a bank representative my check to deposit and they do so in my presence, transaction complete. Now I realize when I was in downtown Bismarck I could have gone to the MAIN downtown branch, parked in the lot, wandered up to the building and hopped in line for a teller, and deposit my new found check. Walk back out to my car and drive off. Transaction complete. They're open weekdays 9-5. But you know what? Most banks offer drive-through convenience after noon.
Sure, I could have gone up to the north Bismarck Gateway location- they're open weekdays 9-5 both lobby and drive-through. Of course, that was a long-ass ways away from where I was going. I guess I could have tried the Mobridge, SD branch...but they close at 4 PM.
The check I was trying to deposit was actually sent from one of my Wells Fargo accounts. IT WAS A WELLS FARGO CHECK!
Y'all got any bank issues you'd like to discuss?