In Ecuador You Can’t Enter a Bank
…or other Ecuadorian government office wearing sunglasses or a hat. Sometimes, depending on the bank, you also will have to take off your back pack and give it to the guard on duty. These are just security precautions the country of Ecuador deems appropriate in this society.
When we first moved here, we often forgot to take off our sunglasses or hat because in the U.S you can wear a ball cap or hat and sunglasses in the banks. If you accidently forget to take off your cap or hat, the guard will motion with his hands for you to take it off.
Here are some other things about the banks here in Cuenca that you may not already know. Tellers sit behind bullet proof glass. Sometimes, if there is no talking vent you have to really speak up for them to hear you. They do not like it in some banks if more than one person goes up to the teller; if you are a couple the guard may ask one of you to wait by the door.
All banks in Ecuador and other big government offices have one or two security personnel standing guard holding sawed off shot guns. As a result Ecuador banks very seldom get robbed!
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