Cardless Cash

https://www.westpac.com.au/personal-banking/online-banking/making-the-most/cardless-cash/

Today I wanted to withdraw some cash with my Visa card. I went to the ATM in the Shopping Centre and inserted my card. Before I could punch in my number there were a few pages shown with stuff that I gathered would be some bank advertising. All of a sudden I became aware that the machine would not allow me to withdraw any money with my card. So I pressed ‘cancel’ for the return of my card. Alas, it was in vain. No matter what I tried, my card was not returned. The machine had eaten it! And I was without any money! Some passers-by advised Peter and me to go to the bank and complain. Yes, Peter was with me. So we both went to the bank, that luckily was not very far away. So we found out, that this particular bank was not allowed to retrieve my card from that ATM for my card belonged to a different bank. I had to go to my bank and report my card lost and they would issue me a new card.

Peter and I then went to our bank. They were very helpful. Soon I’ll receive a new Visa card in the mail.

I must say this ‘cardless cash’ society drives me nuts. Luckily Peter was with me doing his best to keep me a little bit sane.

 

5 thoughts on “Cardless Cash

  1. We have no idea why the ATM swallowed the card. The bank explained to us that the machine belongs to the company that supplies the money for it. They would destroy the card and not return it to its rightful owner.

    Modern times are like a gigantic machine and we are only one little element to keep it going. If we refuse to participate or make a small mistake we are being spat out and denied any benefit by the machine. The system stinks.

  2. 😦 All of this can be so frustrating! I’m so sorry you had to deal with this!
    The world and how we “do” life has changed so much, even in just the past 10 years…all this on-line and machine-stuff makes me nervous. Especially related to finances. 😦
    Oh, well. I guess we change and adapt to survive. πŸ™‚

    I remember eons ago, when I was a little child…my dad would cash his paycheck and then he and mom would sit down at the dining room table and count out the money to pay each of the bills, like water, electric, etc, set aside money for groceries, etc.
    Times have changed! πŸ™‚
    HUGS to you and Peter!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Yes, Carolyn, times have changed, very much so. The only thing is, that I am surprised that I am still alive and kicking! And also Peter, my dear husband. He is a bit younger than I am, but only eight months which does not count for much at our age, does it? πŸ™‚
    Thanks for commenting, dear Carolyn, and HUGS to you too! πŸ™‚

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