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On Wed, 8 Jun 2005 13:36:04 +0100, Steve O'Hara-Smith The insbreastutions issuing so-called "debit cards" (ATM...
What in the world are you afraid of? I suppose your employment of AOL ought to be an indicator of a certain hesitancy as to the marvels of technology, but......
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My first microwave had a mechanical timer, too, but it wasn't linear. Instead, the first five minutes took up about a quarter of the dial, with the attendant...
Having been in banking back in the dark ages - before the spread of Credit Debt cards and computers, pre1967 or so, when much was done by hand (My first job, 1958, - on foot - was the hand delivery of "returned checks" - exchanged for cash - to downtown merchant customers), the error percentages are infinitesimal today compared to the grotesque blunders back when checks were posted on the old "Positronics" (and where the safeguard was that two "bookeepers" performed parallel postings of the same batch of checks, a full days work for customers from one chunk of the alphabet, then a separate individual filed the checks for a "re-look" at the signatures). Small cities in unit bank states even had "Counter Checks" in bank lobbies and retail stores in which checkwriters could "check" their own banks. While check fraud may not have approached some of the grandiose schemes seen today, the frequency of occurrence was greater, and scams such as check-kiteing were commonplace and often undetected for extended periods.
Of course, in this age of "giant" banks, impersonality and lack of positive responsive are increasing problems, but for the average retail customer, most small banks provide far better, equally secure and more likely to be responsive service. Unfortunately, the "average" customer has grown up in a world of commerce in which impersonality has replaced relationships.
TM "AOLers still carry checkbooks." Oliver