Wednesday, January 7, 2009

You missed mugging us

Paying for the air tickets was an exercise in the ridiculous. 
The travel agent adds 1.9 per cent to credit card payments, so we decided to arrange for an EFTPOS transfer. This meant asking the bank for a one-off increase in our daily withdrawal limit from $1000 to $8400. The travel agent said most banks are happy to do this. At the bank, we were able to say the withdrawal would be made within 20 minutes and the recipient would be so-and-so, and would they please let it go through. 
For heaven's sake, that wasn't good enough! The bank said that 'for our protection', it could only let us withdraw $2000 electronically (did they think we weren't who we said we were?). It was, however, quite fine for us to withdraw $8400 in cash on the spot and walk across town to the travel agent. 
If they were really concerned about protecting us and our money, they could have offered an armed escort.
Either way, you missed your chance to mug us. 

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