General

This place has the air of a morgue, the lack of smiles, the sparse use of flowers and the music that serves to reduce the hostility of the environment. It guess these banks modelled their reception areas on the big hotels, or perhaps its simply a sense of grandeur they are seeking to invoke.

General

In the lobby, Alex had asked for John Crawley and was sitting on a leather sofa, vaguely wondering why so few people were going in and out. The reception area was quiet and claustrophobic, with a brown marble floor, three elevators to one side, and above the desk, a row of clocks showing the time in every major world city.

By james, May 2, 2012.

Found in Alex Rider, Stormbreaker, authored by Anthony Horowitz.

General

There were soft chairs, soft music and soft lighting, yet the bank reception area was utterly soulless. The posters were of perfect people like most billboards and adverts, but these models were different. They were middle aged. The man was silver haired and peered out of steel rimmed spectacles. The woman was slim but no runway model. The couple was casually but well dressed and their smiles showed the results of perfect orthodontics in their youth. Yet here's me in my ripped jeans and longboard balanced on one knee. No wonder I'm kept waiting, they know I didn't arrive in a plush SUV.