Round and Round
Before I get into it, I do my banking with a bank that doesn't have a bricks and mortar building. I don't pay banking fees and it has saved me lots of money over the years. It isn't handy at times like this. Off to bank number one I go. After waiting in line the teller tells me she can't do anything for me if I don't have an account with their bank. Ok, off to bank number 2 I go, same thing. Off to bank number 3 I go and this bank I figure should be fine since my non bricks and mortar bank tells me I should use this bank to do deposits and withdrawals via their ATM. No problem they tell me, I can get the money order. I am a very happy camper. On we go with the transaction. We hit a snag. I can't pay for the money order in US dollars. They have to BUY my USD and exchange it to CDN and then switch it back to US dollars again when they write the money order. With the fee to do the money order it would cost me an extra $14.00!!! Are they nuts????? Sorry I tell the lady and she gives me back my USD. FINALLY, off to a fourth bank I go and tell them, "this is my challenge. I need a US money order, I don't have an account, I want to pay in USD and I want to pay the money order fee in CDN dollars." "No problem," is the reply I heard. Can you imagine my joy at this point? So MO is purchased and on its way. Now all I have to do is be patient and wait. I'm not very good at being patient.
For the record, I would have gone to the post office except I know that sometimes the US banks give hassles with Canadian postal money orders. I wanted to make sure Mr. Lee wouldn't have any hassles and hence I went to the bank.
Michelle, if I had know I would have asked. Something to keep in mind for next time, thanks.