Tuesday, 9 October 2012

India ATM Fun and Games

So, I have not yet described what it feels like to be in an ATM in India (or anywhere for that matter) and have the power go off. No electricity. No money. No return of the debit card in the machine. Nothing, nada. You simply find yourself standing in a hot ATM vestibule thinking what just happened here?

I almost felt like I was in an episode of 'Punked" or 'Candid Camera'. Insert debit card, type in PIN and wait hopefully for money to emerge. Well, picture the card going into the ATM machine, punching in the PIN, the machine just starting to count out the money...AND THE POWER GOES OFF. I felt like I was in a sitcom. Really? No card? No money? The only record of my transaction is in a text message saying that $200 dollars had just been deducted from my account... when it hadn't.

After one solid panic filled hour, I was told to go to the main branch of my bank, which ended up being closed for an additional three days due to bank holidays. I did miraculously get my money back, but it was not the most relaxing 3 days I have ever experienced in Mother India.

I'm more than sure than another adventure is forthcoming...