Pauline Sandifer's bank banished Christmas trees so she banished her bank.
The Sarasota woman closed her accounts at Wachovia over their policy banning Christmas trees.
"I want to know why," she told Fox 13 in Tampa. "What is wrong with a Christmas tree?"
Wachovia spokesperson Christina Kolbjornsen confirmed to Fox 13 that they do not allow Christmas trees in their branches. As an alternative, the banks are allowed to put up a poinsettia.
"We respect the diversity of our customers and our team members and we're decorating our stores with poinsettia plants so everyone can be included," Kolbjornsen told Fox. "We recognize and understand that people celebrate the holiday season differently and we love to embrace diversity."
However, a corporate spokesman for Wachovia tells FOX News Radio that they do not have a policy prohibiting Christmas trees in its banking stores.
"In many regions, we made the decision to celebrate the holiday season by displaying poinsettias so we have a common look within our markets," wrote Mary Eshet, Wells Fargo's corporate media relations manager, in an email to Fox News Radio. "At Wells Fargo, we aspire to respect the traditions and spiritual beliefs of our team members, customers, and community."
She also noted that the company's office buildings include Christmas trees, menorahs, and wreaths to "celebrate the season."
The rule was a sort of call to arms for Sandifer.
"I'm very upset because Christians have their rights, too," she said. And that's why she closed her account. "She did ask me if there was something wrong and I said 'Yes, your corporate office has decided not to put up Christmas trees in your branch offices and I'm offended by that."
Customers were also upset in Orlando - where a Wachovia employee put up a Christmas tree but was ordered to take it down.
"To be honest with you, that kind of offends me," customer Wihelmina Cox told Fox 35. "I might think about changing banks."
Eshet called the incidents at the banks in Florida misunderstandings.
"We certainly regret that any customer would choose to close an account, especially when based on a misunderstanding such as appears to have been the case with the holiday decorations," she wrote.