How to Not Piss Off Everyone Else Waiting for the ATM
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In the city, it is not a rare sight to have a line of people waiting to use the ATMs. Many of us accept it as the consequence of living in highly populated area. I am usually the orderly fellow to patiently stand in line just like everyone else.
But, it does drive me nuts when there is that one person who becomes consumed in the mindless fiddle with the ATM to complete a simple transaction that should take no longer than two minutes. Everyone else on line would’ve agreed with me.
If it weren’t for the privacy factor, I’d walk right up and try to help speed the process along.
That’s why I suggest all banking customers to get familiar with the ATM interface so as to avoid pissing off all the other people who are waiting on line. On the plus side, it saves time and helps prevent crime (such as ATM skimming).
Mastering the ATM
Being an ATM ninja may not be something to boast about but you will be grateful when it shaves off those few precious seconds when you’re in a hurry.
To the point: There are only three reasons to use an ATM – to make a deposit, withdrawal, or a balance inquiry. While technology has advanced greatly, ATMs can’t do much more than that, yet.
- Learn to navigate the ATM interface for the 3 basic transactions. Please don’t pick the ATM in one of the busiest streets in town to do this. Wait for a time with low traffic to practice making each of those transactions. Don’t be afraid to ask a bank representative to show you how.
- Set your ATM preferences beforehand. It can get annoying when the ATM keeps asking the same question every single time you are making a transaction (and you keep giving the same answer every time). You can set the quick withdrawal, language, and receipt printing preferences at the ATM or through your online account.
- Know what transaction(s) you will be making before you get to the ATM. We all are wasting time when we don’t know what we are doing. Get in, do your business, and get out.
- Don’t stare and sulk at how much little money you have in your account! Go do something about it.
Time yourself the next time you go to the ATM. A cash and check deposit should take only a couple minutes to finish.
Note: Please keep it green. Don’t print the receipt. Save trees and your time.
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