Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A sign of the times #2

I was out with the Raharney women for a night out tonight. Before we started Lorna said she had to go to the ATM to get money out. She put in her card, waited.....and then she got the message
Service currently unavailable
She said
"For feck sake. I have money in my account. What's the problem?"
We went up the street to another bank. Card in, same story. Theresa, who has the same bank tried her card.
Service currently unavailable.
Beginning to get a little worried at this stage.
We came back down the street and passed a women trying to get money out of the first bank we had tried. She was having no success either. We stopped to explain our story. She said she had tried her card earlier in the petrol station and then the supermarket, but it had been rejected there too.
It was then that major panic set in. Three years ago we wouldn't have batted an eye but have said that the system was down and everything would be sorted in the morning.
In 2011 we are saying
"Oh my god, has the bank folded and left its customers in the lurch? Is all our money gone?"
Onto Google on the iPhone, but no news.
It may be the Irish mentality of burying your head in the sand .......
Off we went on our night out, but in the back of our minds was the thought
"Is the country really gone belly up?"
I am writing this at stupid o'clock, not knowing for sure what caused this lack of money.
We'll know tomorrow!

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