Thursday, January 04, 2007

Replacement for catnip?

The Bank of Queensland had to issue an apology after making a mistake, all because of a test that was presented to it. True, the bank failed the test given by Katherine Campbell by issuing a credit card to her cat, but one has to wonder if she truly feels proud because of her clever ruse. She pulled one over on the old Bank of Queensland, and there was certainly egg on their face because of it.

Still, it's not like this is something that's really that far out of the realm of possibility for most diehard pet owners. After all, some pets not only have an entire wardrobe (note to pet owners... they're covered in fur, feathers, or scales as intended, so they certainly don't need sweaters or little booties), some pets have been left as primary beneficiaries in wills, and still others are stuffed so that their owners can hold on to their dear Sugar for their own remaining years.

Then again, if you are going to give any animal a credit card, a cat would be one of the more dangerous pets to give one to. Being naturally self-sufficient, just imagine what kind of damage a cat could do if it could combine its predeliction to go its own way with a relatively high spending limit. And hey, for a cat, $200 would be a high spending limit. Really, the only typical pet that could theoretically cause more damage with a credit card would be a parrot, but that's assuming that they understand how to dial a telephone and shop at home. Woe be to those who let their African Greys watch QVC.

So yes, the Bank of Queensland issued a credit card to a cat, then cancelled the card and issued an apology. At least they had the presence of mind to apologize, and they didn't make a worse mistake. Like issuing a credit card to GDub. Who knows what he might do without restraint?

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