'God' Asked for Proof of Identity at Bank

A man in England has tried to change the name on his bank account to "Almighty God." The bank insisted he provide a driver's license or utility bill with the name on it before they would make the switch.

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God appeared this week and was asked for his ID.

Sheridan Simove of Wandsworth, England, went into a bank and asked to change the name in his account to God. The bank said their system requires two names. He wondered if they would tell Madonna quite the same thing if she offered to bank some of her millions there. Simove said, well, all right, if you insist, change my name to Almighty God.

The bank personnel explained that he needed to produce a driver's license or a utility bill with that name as proof of his identity. He is yet to provide us with his documentation, says the bank, so his account is still in his original name for the time being.

Mr. Simove walked off without producing such proof that he's God, but if flies, locusts and pestilence descend on that bank, boy, they'll be sorry.

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