Trebor wrote:One of my pet hates is people at cash machines who take an age to complete their business , not getting their card ready before they are actually in position and then taking an age to find it, staring at the machine as if they have never used one before looking at every option first followed by the inevitable balance check before deciding whether they want money or not The money is then dispensed but it has to be put away securely and so does the card before they can move away from the cash point. If you are really lucky its a sunny day and the screen cant be seen because of the glare, and sometimes they have a second card to start the process all over
This made me chuckle as it happened to me last week
I went to the Co-op for some cash. As I pulled up, I could see an old bloke standing just in the door, by where the cash machine is. I guessed he was waiting for someone else to finish. I parked the car and sauntered across the car park. As I got inside he'd only just got to the machine... He then took an age to get his card out, and then ensued a lot of button poking and electronic bipping, and very little in the way of physical activity for around 5 minutes. At this point, his card popped back out and he turned to me and said "I am getting stupid. I put the wrong number in". I replied "Not to worry, it's easily done". He then started again and another 2 or 3 minutes of not a lot went on. Following this, out popped his card again. He turned to me once more and said "I really have messed it up. Would you like to go first". I said "I'm fine, please carry on". However, he was really insistent and stepped to one side and gestured me across to the machine. It was at this moment that a huge sum of money, I'm guessing at least Ã‚Â£100, popped out of the machine! As the old guy started to bimble away, I grabbed it and put it in his hand. "Oh my goodness, what a fool I am. Thank goodness you are honest!"
At this point I felt a little guilty at feeling a bit frustrated with the old buffer and thought "one day that's going to be me"
*** But normally, yes, I agree! ***