I'm doing a favor for some friends, but it's OK: I work for HSBC
I needed to take lot of money out of my credit union account to pay a bunch of bills. When I told the teller how much I needed, she wrote down the amount, looked up and asked me, "What are you going to do with it?"
I thought she was kidding, but as I started to tee up an irreverent comment, I noticed by the look on her face that she was serious. This left a WTF? look on my face.
"The government makes us ask," he explained.
"Oh," I replied, more than a little annoyed that the government wanted to know how I was spending my money—legally. So, with a straight face, I said, "Tell them I'm laundering it for Mexican drug lords."
That should give me enough cover, because I'll be able to claim I'm an HSBC executive.
But if I disappear, you'll know what happened. I'll send postcards from Gitmo.