But it's a good thing they're different things, or nobody would let me sit anywhere. I have gone to every bank chain in the city, as far as I know. I have never encountered anybody who wanted my business less. What is causing this?
All of my American classmates have managed to open accounts, so it's not anti-Americanism. Is it sexism? Is it homophobia? Do I not closely enough look like a student? Am I too butch for them? Not manly enough?
I ask for an account and they start looking for reasons to say no. Note that I don't say that they're listing requirements. They quite clearly want to refuse me. Given that I've gone to the same banks as my classmates, I can only assume that I'm experiencing discrimination. I was hoping that being the recipient of antigay slurs at the train station was an isolated event, but maybe not. Or maybe it's something else.
I really miss France. Their bureaucracy is way easier and more logical than here. And when it wasn't, one could always resort to yelling. I don't think that will help here, but I'm about a millimeter away from it.