A public relations grinch showed up with a season’s greeting --- and more --- posted in the window of a HSBC bank office that shocked some folks, notes Grumpy Editor.
HSBC is no small-town financial institution. It's the world’s fourth largest bank
In the spirit of the season, the message conveyed thanks to London customers “who trusted us in your mortgages this year” then in smaller type warned: “Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.”
At the bottom of the message was “Season’s greetings” and HSBC in larger type with its logo.
An editor at London’s The Guardian newspaper spotted the unusual greetings message and tweeted a photo.
Founded in 1865 to finance trade between Asia and the West, HSBC serves about 52 million customers via around 6,600 offices in 80 countries and territories in North America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
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