Not so ATM Attentive My Life 08 NOV 2012

I suspect that I’m not quite as focussed as I used to be. The other day whilst I was manning the market stall with Cheryl, I abandoned my post in order to go and withdraw some money from the Willowbridge ABSA ATM machine.

I absent-mindedly waited in the queue until it was my turn to utilize the machine, and when the time arrived, I confidently strode up, put my debit card into the slot, selected a language and then hit the Proceed button.

The ATM then happily spat my card back out at me informing me that the PIN was incorrect.

Which made sense considering that I had somehow forgotten to type it in before hitting the Proceed button!

Anyway, round two went far more smoothly, as I entered the amount to withdraw, waited for the transaction to complete, retrieved my card and walked away.

Having walked a couple of metres away, I noted to myself as I placed my card into my wallet that the wallet was still pretty empty. It was right then that I did a sharp turn, rushed back towards the ATM and grabbed my money out of the still loudly beeping ATM.

Right.

Attentiveness. Not quite what it used to be.

About Craig Lotter

Software developer, husband and dad to two little girls. Writer behind An Exploring South African. I don't have time for myself any more.