__/ [Patrick Grimbergen] on Friday 23 September 2005 00:03 \__
> Lew Pitcher wrote:
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>> James Knott wrote:
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>>Very timely example: I was very proud to have taken some money out of
>>>>the ATM within seconds. This was only a couple of days ago. An hour ago
>>>>I came to discover that those bastards charged me almost 10% of the
>>>>amount I withdrew. I should have responded to the warning sign: a little
>>>>question at the start: "would you like to top up your mobile phone?".
>>>>Now, if only I had looked more closely at their dirty profit-making
>>>>tactics... it always has a cost. Some people take advantage of
>>> I refuse to use those "white box" ATMs for that reason. Their service
>>> charges are far above what the regular bank ATMs charge.
>> /Some/ of those "white box" ATMs are /owned/ by those self-same regular
>> So long as they don't identify the bank directly, their owners feel safe
>> in charging exorbitant service charges, no matter /who's/ "white box" ATM
>> it is.
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>> Lew Pitcher
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> Usually the owner of the location determines how much the charge is on
> these machines... SO if it's in the pub most of the money this White ATM
> takes goes to the pub.
I must say that it appears to be somewhat of a new 'fashion' here in
Manchester. I was first introduced to such a box months ago. I was then
careful enough to read what was displayed.
When I messed up a few days ago, the machine's display was down low (crotch
height), possibly cracked and was facing the sun. I had to try hard quite
to find out what I was acknowledging. One wonders if all of this was
intentional. I clearly recall two people ahead of me in line. It took each
of them over a minute to work with the ATM. I should have considered that a
good catalyst for suspicion.
Roy S. Schestowitz
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