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ATM Brownout??

May 7 | By David_Roxas | Views: 638 | Comments: 17

A while back I was having trouble finding a working ATM at the mall.  There used to be a line-up of four ATM's I could rely on but they were removed and replaced by four different machines in another place inside the mall.  None of the new machines accept my card and what used to be quite easy has become a bit of a hassle. I think the reason the machines don't take my card is because none of the replacement ATM's are affiliated with a bank.  So that leaves me with BDO.


There is a BDO branch in the mall but both of their ATM's were offline so I trudged back across the mall to where I knew there was a third BDO machine.  This is what I came across:




No Power? Brownout!?  The kiosk light is on!  What Brownout!??

  

It's scary enough having my card rejected by these machines because I'm not sure if it's the machine or if my bank has put a hold on my card because I have made too many withdrawal attempts. But stupidity like this is completely dumbfounding.


Well it was worth a laugh I guess.


I did manage to find a fourth BDO machine that was working.


But why is such a hassle to use the ATM in the Philippines in the first place? Why does the bank allow the machines to run out of money? Why is it always a gamble whether or not the machine is online? Why do people take so long to do one transaction? Why aren't there more ATM's to ease the long lines? Why did the mall replace four ATM's connected to major banks with four no-name ATM's that not everyone can use? Why do ATM's dispense only large bills for which no one has change?


Why have an ATM in operation if no one can withdraw money? What's the point of that? Who uses an ATM just to check their balance?




Just more questions with no answers.

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Mike
May 8
DD,
Most people in a 1st world. But I think most filipinos have the same pin unless issued by the bank. Don't know how many times I have seen the pin number 123456.
RandomNumbers
May 9
Mike, thanks for the info, if I see an ATM card I know what PIN to try there!
Mike
May 9
Random,
That use to be wifes pin when I first came here. Then I noticed that more than one staff also had that as pin.
Denmark2
May 9
My German friend in Balanga had his house knocked by thieves....and yes, they tried to open his safe. Funny enough, when someone type the "pin-lock" wrong 3 times, the safe goes into "lock-mode" and needs both correct pin and a security number. You already knew the thieves tried 123456.....didn't you...???My German friend in Balanga had his house knocked by thieves....and yes, they tried to open his safe. Funny enough, when someone type the "pin-lock" wrong 3 times, the safe goes into "l...See more
DingDong
May 9
NEVER use the Digital Safe in a Hotel! - The Hotel Staff have the Pass Code to override any PIN Number! A friend of mine had his Cash and Passport stolen from a Hotel in South Africa.
Mike
May 9
DD,
When got here stayed at the Bayview in Manila. The sign behind the check in counter said it all. You have the check in counter and behind it is a hall for staff only and the safe is back there in a secure area. The sign basically said guests are free to put their valuables in the hotel safe behind the check in desk but the hotel is not responsible for stolen items.

Cut to the chase. Yes put your stuff in our safe so our filipinos employees can steal it and we can tell you to fuck off. Hell, that sign only encourages them to steal as they know they will not be held accountable.
DD,
When got here stayed at the Bayview in Manila. The sign behind the check in counter said it all. You have the check in counter and behind it is a hall for staff only and the safe is back t...See more
DingDong
May 9
I used to stay at the Richmonde in Manila when I was travelling here from Dubai. I got a good deal through a friend who worked there, and even he told me not to leave anything in the safe!
Mike
May 9
DD,
Have to watch Bay View. The rooms are decent but here's what a lot don't know. Always get a filipino to book the room as if Bay View knows it's a foreigner booking the room they charge an extra 2,000 plus.
Mike
May 9
One of staff at Bay View told wife that.
DingDong
May 9
That's what I normally do. Ollie books the Travel and Hotels. Car Service is the same, and things like Tyres and Batteries for the cars. He makes bookings in the Company Name which contains his Surname - I then change the name when I arrive.
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