ATM Ran Out Of Receipt

The ATM machine was running out of receipt again.

Many lined up shook their heads, and began to grumble and mutter “no”.

A few were leaving the ATM room with a sad and long face.

Then someone said, “This one is okay.”

Many shifted to another row.

I chuckled and nodded, half-smiling.

I asked myself, “why the receipt?”

I had seen many people pressed the button for the transaction receipt, took a quick look, crumpled it and threw it into the plastic rubbish basket provided.

I did it differently. I kept the former transaction receipt in my wallet to remind myself of the balance. I took a quick look every time before I withdrew money from the ATM machine. I then did my transaction, threw away the former receipt into the basket and kept the new receipt in my wallet for future reference.

I believed the idea of keeping the receipt was more convenient than necessary. I just couldn’t understand why many people made a fuss about having the transaction receipt and not keeping it. If we just wanted to know our balance, we could always check by pressing the ‘Balance Enquiry” button on any ATM machine. I just couldn’t understand why people refused to transact just because the machine was running out of receipt.

I might get annoyed if all the ATM machines were out of order or running out of money.

But I would never leave the ATM room just because all the machines were running out of receipt.


  * Michael *

May 14, 2010 at 9:48 AM

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May 15, 2010 at 2:49 PM

At least someone does it like me! lol. I do the exact same thing with the receipt. I keep the receipt I get during the current transaction and trash the one I had before. It makes more sense, does it not? :)


May 16, 2010 at 11:21 PM

If I'm depositing money, I keep the receipt until I see the deposit online. If I'm withdrawing money, well, I usually don't bother with a receipt. After all, if they lose that transaction and accidentally give me more money than I should have, why would I dispute it down the road? ;)

  Jonas J.

May 17, 2010 at 3:35 PM

i do away with receipts altogether. its a waste of paper and hurts the environment more.

just dropping by :)