The bank nearest to my house -- a Washington Mutual, or WaMu, as it
often refers to itself -- has installed a spiffy new ATM, which moves
beyond the standard language choices (English and Spanish) and offers
two more. Any guesses about what they are?
Well, language #3 is Russian and #4 Chinese. These stuck me as
sensible choices, given the likely clientele for WaMu's services at
this location. Surely, I thought, the choices are different at
other locations, where the population mix is different. But no,
as googling on <"Washington Mutual" ATM language> shows: it's
Russian and Chinese everywhere. As Andrew Leonard wondered on
on 27 April, why Russian?
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Posted by Arnold Zwicky at August 24, 2006 12:02 PM