UPDATE: [WELCOME CONSUMERIST READERS -- please excuse the crap layout!]
On Friday, May 9th, 2008 I received an envelope from Banana Republic. Inside I found a single page, printed on both sides with a new Banana Republic card attached. It looked pretty normal until I noticed the VISA logo printed on the lower right side of the card. I scratched my head for a few moments and remembered a letter I had received months ago, presenting the BR Visa card idea to card holders. After receiving the previous letter, I promptly called the number listed on the mailing and instructed the outsourced call center representative on the other end of the line that I did not want to be upgraded to the new Visa card.