In Leamington Spa the incredibly chummy, yet still dull, account handler at my local bank told me to call him Dave. He was David. No way was he a Dave.
I haven't thought about him much recently until the two guys in the current Nat West advert:
'What are you up to today?'
'I'm off to see a client.'
No. Really. Wouldn't a more interesting answer be:
'I'm off to pour sugar into the petrol tank of the the bloke who borrowed money for an engagement ring and then bought a car.'
I bet both say 'Call me Dave.' They can't be being played by actors but only Halifax can do the make-our-staff-famous-by-putting-them-in-the-ads thing.
Terrible, terrible stuff.