Providing a different solution does not necessarily translate to offering credit on different terms than those applied for.
I think that's a stretch and one I could defend.
The loan request was denied.
That's not necessarily true. No where did Christine say that in her post. What we know is the bank came up with a different solution and counter-offered it. That solution was accepted. If the loan officer said "No. Can't do that. But we could do this instead" I might agree. What if the loan officer said "We can do that, but what if we did this instead?" and the customer replied "Oh. I never thought of that. Sure. That works for me."
It's good to be back debating with you Dan!