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  1. #46
    Jerome Zelinske
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    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    Our grocery store chain does not restrict payment methods for the
    express line.



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  2. #47
    Jerome Zelinske
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    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    But they keep some of the money too.



  3. #48
    Notan
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    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    Bill Viverette wrote:
    >
    > Can we say "anal"....?


    Just out of curiosity, how is that "anal?"

    Notan



  4. #49
    Tinman
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    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    Jerome Zelinske wrote:
    > Our grocery store chain does not restrict payment methods for the
    > express line.


    Well aren't they special. My primary grocery store doesn't have that
    problem anymore though: all of the express lanes are self-serve. The
    machines have no means to accept checks. The I-live-out-of-my-checkbook
    crowd can either join the 21st century or get on a non-express line.

    'Course I don't even want to get into what it's like watching people
    fail at operating the brain-dead-simple self-serve equipment (the thing
    *talks* to you for crying out loud--all ya' have to do is pay
    attention).


    --
    Mike






  5. #50
    Tinman
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    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    John Richards wrote:
    > "Michael Lynch" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >> But ATM users aren't all brain surgeons either. My peeve on that one
    >> are against the inconsiderate slobs who pull up to the ATM--without
    >> pulling all the way up. They sit there, oblivious to the cars piling
    >> up behind
    >> them, and proceed to treat their car like a mobile office--they do
    >> everything
    >> *except* prepare the actual deposit (which they don't begin to do
    >> until they
    >> actually fully pull up to the ATM). God forbid they get their act
    >> together
    >> *before* going to the ATM in the first place. My guess is that they
    >> were
    >> expecting to wait in line, and would use that delay to do their
    >> paperwork. Since
    >> there was no line the most logical choice (to them) is to begin one
    >> by
    >> taking 15 minutes to complete a 30-second transaction.

    >
    > I avoid having to use an ATM by:
    > a) having my paycheck direct deposited


    I don't have to deposit paychecks, but do get the occasional rebate
    check, gift check, etc. and if it's after-hours I'll use the ATM lane to
    make the deposit. Even so, I always grab a spare deposit envelope so
    that I can have it prepared before driving up to the ATM, on the next
    trip.


    > b) not needing much cash since I pay for everything by CC
    > c) once a week I get cash by using a debit card at the grocery store
    > for $50 over the amount of purchase.


    I prefer to not mix a purchase and a withdrawal into one transaction,
    regardless of how many places offer that option. When I see "Safeway
    $142.18" I know for sure it was groceries.


    > Grocery stores don't charge debit
    > card fees, unlike the local Arco gas stations which I won't patronize
    > for that reason.


    Well, at least you can pay at the pump with cash. And their gas prices
    are pretty cheap. Although I don't usually fill up there due to the
    debit-card-only (with a fee) policy, I would use cash more often if the
    machines were able to give change (I see no point in paying with cash at
    the pump--at least for a fill-up--if you must then go inside to get
    change).


    --
    Mike





  6. #51
    Bill Viverette
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    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    Endlessly analytical, perhaps?

    Okay....maybe they are just chatty. And these are, after all, the
    alt.ATMchat and ATM.forsale newsgroups, no?


    Bill





  7. #52
    Notan
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    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    Bill Viverette wrote:
    >
    > Endlessly analytical, perhaps?
    >
    > Okay....maybe they are just chatty. And these are, after all, the
    > alt.ATMchat and ATM.forsale newsgroups, no?


    It's not at all uncommon to go off on tangents in this,
    and many other, newsgroups.

    I suspect that this thread will die off, very soon....
    Some go on for months!

    Notan



  8. #53
    Steve Sobol
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    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    Tinman wrote:
    > Well, at least you can pay at the pump with cash. And their gas prices
    > are pretty cheap. Although I don't usually fill up there due to the
    > debit-card-only (with a fee) policy, I would use cash more often if the
    > machines were able to give change (I see no point in paying with cash at
    > the pump--at least for a fill-up--if you must then go inside to get
    > change).


    The whole reason (or at least the major reason) Arco gas is as cheap as it is
    is because they don't have the expense of accepting credit cards. Debit cards
    are cheaper to accept in the first place, and they're offsetting the cost
    further by charging the fee. None of the company-owned stores accept credit,
    and only a couple of the dealers in this area do.

    Personally, I don't mind paying the fee. Valero/Beacon/Ultramar is usually
    within a couple cents and they do accept credit, but there are a lot more Arco
    stations in this area. But I don't mind paying the fee because the alternative
    is patronizing a certain company that can be 15-20 cents per gallon more
    expensive... and this is the oil company that reportedly tripled their profits
    last year...

    --
    JustThe.net - Apple Valley, CA - http://JustThe.net/ - 888.480.4NET (4638)
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / [email protected] / PGP: 0xE3AE35ED

    "In case anyone was wondering, that big glowing globe above the Victor
    Valley is the sun." -Victorville _Daily Press_ on the unusually large
    amount of rain the Southland has gotten this winter (January 12th, 2005)



  9. #54
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    "Tinman" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    > Jerome Zelinske wrote:
    >> Our grocery store chain does not restrict payment methods for the
    >> express line.

    >
    > Well aren't they special. My primary grocery store doesn't have that
    > problem anymore though: all of the express lanes are self-serve. The
    > machines have no means to accept checks. The I-live-out-of-my-checkbook
    > crowd can either join the 21st century or get on a non-express line.
    >
    > 'Course I don't even want to get into what it's like watching people
    > fail at operating the brain-dead-simple self-serve equipment (the thing
    > *talks* to you for crying out loud--all ya' have to do is pay
    > attention).


    Yes, I really like the self-serve checkouts. Not only is there no
    waiting for check writers, there also are no chatty cashiers who
    want to talk about the weather, their latest medical problems, etc.

    --
    John Richards



  10. #55
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    "Tinman" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    > Well, at least you can pay at the pump with cash. And their gas prices
    > are pretty cheap. Although I don't usually fill up there due to the
    > debit-card-only (with a fee) policy, I would use cash more often if the
    > machines were able to give change (I see no point in paying with cash at
    > the pump--at least for a fill-up--if you must then go inside to get
    > change).


    Exactly. Who wants to wait twice in a cashier's line just to get a
    gas fill-up. I don't think the Arco savings justify my waiting even
    once in a cashier line. Even at three cents a gallon difference I'd rather
    gas up at a station with a CC reader.

    --
    John Richards



  11. #56
    Steven M (remove wax and invalid to reply)
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    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    John Richards wrote:
    > Most of the larger grocery stores have machines that will change
    > coins into larger denominations. Many banks will do this also.
    > Just because one is poor doesn't give one the right to inconvenience
    > everyone else waiting in line.


    Most of those machines charge about 7 cents out of each dollar to do
    that.

    I agree, it wasn't the most considerate thing for that woman to do
    and I'd be annoyed, too. HOWEVER, (a) it doesn't happen every day,
    and (b) We don't know anything else about her life or why she's
    paying with small change.


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  12. #57
    Notan
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    Re: ATTENTION: What are they thinking??

    "Steven M (remove wax and invalid to reply)" wrote:
    >
    > John Richards wrote:
    > > Most of the larger grocery stores have machines that will change
    > > coins into larger denominations. Many banks will do this also.
    > > Just because one is poor doesn't give one the right to inconvenience
    > > everyone else waiting in line.

    >
    > Most of those machines charge about 7 cents out of each dollar to do
    > that.
    >
    > I agree, it wasn't the most considerate thing for that woman to do
    > and I'd be annoyed, too. HOWEVER, (a) it doesn't happen every day,
    > and (b) We don't know anything else about her life or why she's
    > paying with small change.


    Point taken.

    But there's also the possibility that she wasn't even aware that
    anyone else was in the store.

    Aaahh, ignorance is bliss! <g>

    Notan



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