Used Cars Have Become Unaffordable, Chase Is Sending Safety Deposit Boxes Into Extinction & Peloton Bikes Coming To Every US Hilton

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Safety deposit boxes headed toward extinction at Chase – The Seattle Times

I have always wondered if anyone actually uses a safety deposit box outside of heist movies. Sounds like it was a losing proposition for the banks. Not surprised to see them pulling them out.

Used cars have become unaffordable – CNN Business

As someone that needs to buy a car in the next year I feel this for sure. This hits us in the travel world with rental cars. It plays a role why they are so expensive with it being hard to purchase new cars for the rental companies. It also leads to them holding onto cars longer then they used to.

Peloton will put bikes in every Hilton-branded hotel in the U.S. – CNBC

Peloton loves their partnerships don’t they? It will only be one per fitness area (unless they already have one then they can add another one) but I doubt it will be hard to use it most places. I rarely see a busy work out room while traveling.


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  1. I opened my Chase checking and saving accounts, while in Chicago. I was promised free usage of a safety deposit box, since I was a veteran. For a few years, I used the internet for banking and paying credit cards debts, including a few with Chase. About three years ago, Chase began opening branches around St. Louis. When I visited a branch, I inquiry on getting a safety deposit box. All St. Louis branches would not have lock boxes and Chase plans was to remove safety deposit boxes at all banks.

    I do have a safety deposit box at a US Bank branch. Not the original branch, given that branch was closed. Although I now have a safety deposit box at a different US Bank branch, except I expect US Bank also will remove all local safety deposit boxes.

    • I am sure someone will decide to keep them around to differentiate and attract customers that want one.

  2. For the record, it is actually a SAFE deposit box. It’s in a SAFE. Alternatively, it’s a DEVALUATION of services.

    For the record, it is actually “cut THROUGH the chase” as opposed to “cut TO the chase.” Studio executives previewed movies prior to release. Efficient with his time, Sam Goldwyn (of MGM) did not want to sit through chase scene after chase scene, so he would tell the protectionist to advance the film to a point after the chase scene. Hence, cut THROUGH the chase.

    • Pretty sure it can be safety or safe since every major publication calls it as such. Thanks for the MGM history lesson – interesting.

    • Films, particularly comedies, often climaxed in chase scenes. Some inexperienced screenwriters or directors would pad the film with unnecessary dialogue, which bored the audience and prolonged the time before the exciting chase scene. Cut to the chase was a phrase used by movie studio executives to mean that the audience shouldn’t get bored by the extra dialogue, and that the film should get to the interesting scenes without unnecessary delays. The phrase is now widely used, and means “get to the point.”

  3. I have a safety deposit box, and have had one for quite a few years. I do use it, as well. I keep family heirloom stuff (small), seriously important documents and a few treasured items that are completely irreplaceable. I’ve been assured that the bank is going to remain there a long time and I hope it is. It’s not Chase though, but a BofA and the main one in the county so I hope that helps it stay put.

    • Should hopefully be okay if it is the main branch. I know the smaller branches are open and closed a ton but the bigger ones tend to hang around.

      • That’s what I think. Big very heavily built concrete building with an enormous vault. Fingers crossed it stays open longer than I stick around!


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