The ATM users from hell
Cash machines are useful things. They give you cash. Which is always nice.
When we find ourselves short of paper money we find ourselves an ATM. We quick restock our wallets and move on. Because using an ATM is quick and painless.
Except when it isn’t.
An ATM can be very slow. Or rather some people who use them can be. Excruciatingly slow.
Like these ATM users.
The computer programmer
It should be pretty easy.
Put in card. Enter PIN. Key in amount of cash required. Remove card. Pocket cash.
Not for the computer programmer it isn’t.
The keypad turns into a NASA computer. Keys are repeatedly pressed. Seemingly at random.
Withdrawing £20 from an ATM becomes more difficult than programming a flight to the moon.
Eventually persistence pays off. Or rather dumb luck does. Or maybe the ATM just gets pissed off at having all its buttons pressed.
The PIN is accepted.
Unfortunately we’re not there yet.
Another delay ensues while navigating the tricky task of deciding how much money to withdraw. Mercifully the cash finally appears.
The computer programme then wanders off oblivious to the seething queue which has built up.
Choices. Choices. So many choices.
Do I just want cash? Do I want to check my balance and then get cash?
Do I check my balance on-screen or get a print out?
Do I get a printed balance to check the balance on screen is correct?
How much money do I want?
OK. I want £30.
Oh no. Only denominations of £20 available.
Do I get £40 or £20?
I’d better check the balance again.
Do I check my balance on-screen or get a printout…..
The litter bug
Not the slowest of ATM users. Litter bugs usually know their way around the keypad.
Nevertheless this type of ATM user really annoys me.
They always ask for a printed receipt with their cash.
They collect the cash and wait for the receipt.
When the receipt appears the litter bug walks off. Without even looking at the receipt. It’s left dangling in the breeze.
Until the next litter bug uses the ATM and their receipt pushes the other onto the pavement.
Why do they do it? Is printing the receipt a warning to the ATM?
“I’ve got a record of what you paid me so don’t try ripping me off.” But if so why leave the bloody receipt?
Drives me nuts.
Who annoys you at the ATM? Or do you lead a stress free ATM existence? Maybe you recognise yourself in one of the characters above?
Let me know in the comments box below.
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