Oh, this is insufferable.
Seemingly overnight, Capital One is no longer a credit card in many New Yorkers' wallets. It's a bank, with branches friggin' everywhere!
The moneylending giant took over North Fork Bank, I have now learned. On March 10. But I began to see the signs March 9. The workmen must have brought them in under cover of darkness. Funny, I never really used to notice those forest-green North Fork signs much. But the Capital One signs stand out like beacons. They look just like the logo on the credit cards—which, if you get a monthly bill from these guys, is enough to make you flinch. So, great. Now, not only does the company regularly screw me on fees and finances charges, but they deface my surroundings.
This also leads us to another important question. In 21st century America, must all major banks begin with a "C"? Chase, Citibank, Commerce, Capital One. Watch your back, Bank of America!