Banks that say `yes' to anything

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The Independent Online
People are turning to their bank managers for help boosting their looks and their sex lives, according to a new report.

Recent requests for cash loans made to banks have included applications for money to have cosmetic surgery such as tummy tucks and tattoo removal, and even a sex-change operation. One customer wanted cash to buy a family graveyard, and another wanted pounds 20,000 to improve his front drive. Asked why it would cost so much, the customer admitted that only pounds 2,000 of the loan was for the new drive and the rest was for a Porsche to put on it. The survey of loan requests, by Yorkshire Bank, showed that banks and other lenders are becoming more ready to help people realise their dreams.

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