I bank at Washington Mutual, and was bummed when the regulators seized it and sold it to JP Chase Morgan. I've loved banking at WaMu; the staff at every branch I've been is is consistently knowledgeable and friendly, and I love doing business there. I worry about what will happen to these people.
There is a WaMu in the basement of my office building, and the interior entrance is via a small flight of stairs. Tonight after work I went in and as I started down the stairs, the staff here came to attention as it always does when a customer enters.
I paused on the stairs. " You will ALWAYS be WaMu to me!"
There was applause. I felt like Evita Peron addressing the descamisados.
We discussed how WaMu is a state of mind, something that resides in your heart. There were some fists raised in solidarity, we wished each other a good weekend, and I jumped on my bike and came home.