- Sep 5, 2003
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Aluminum foil can be used, but it's not as effective as a dedicated RFID blocker / material.Genuine question - would tinfoil do the same job? (I've just replaced my purse and if a bit of my hat lining would do the same job, it would save me having to replace it again.)
Yes. Apparently tinfoil works in a purse... and would also make a rather fetching matching hat.Genuine question - would tinfoil do the same job? (I've just replaced my purse and if a bit of my hat lining would do the same job, it would save me having to replace it again.)
I always carry some cash,£20 or so, even when just out for a walk,going fishing,whatever. Just for emergencies,call it Twat Tax, did'nt invent the name some comedian did,can't remember who.Twat Tax is any unforseen expenditure that could have been prevented, fine,late payment charge, breakdown etc. A Twat Tax rebate is when you find £20 note in your pocket you'd forgotten about or any other unexpected windfall.Over the years I've had many disputes with various banks and have managed to get Twat Tax rebates from them !.I always carry enough cash in my wallet just for incidents like the recent visa crash.
Ah but you and your wife will be the ones laughing when the electronic systems crash (again) and you can still buy stuff with your trusty cash.Neither does my wife and I....we rarely use any electronic systems that shuffle money around.....we do have credit cards of course ...but don't bank online or use smart phone apps like those. We mostly use cash when possible.
My 2 daughters think we are living in the stone age. LOL...
Didn't know one could say "interesting" and "The Guardian" in the same sentence without "not" in-betweenInteresting article (unusually, in the Guardian):
There is a feedback loop going on here. In closing down their branches, or withdrawing their cash machines, they make it harder for me to use those services. I am much more likely to “choose” a digital option if the banks deliberately make it harder for me to choose a non-digital option.
Just like supermarket checkout cashiers who tell you "You could have used the self-service machines instead of queuing for a human operated checkout".Admittedly when the machines do work they're quick and convenient(ish) but they (the Stepford wives) seem to get weirdly irritable if you insist on being quite happy waiting - even if there are only three people in the queue.
Yeah, probably just trying to be helpful.I'd say they're only doing as they're told but they can be unbelievably pushy (or pully, to be precise).
Not so long ago I found myself in Tesco queueing behind an old friend who I don't see that often. A 'store colleague' or whatever had been hovering in my personal space and, unbidden, grabbed me by the elbow and tried to shunt me out of the queue mid-conversation - indicating a vacant checkout about thirty yards away. We were quite audibly discussing the condition of a mutual friend who was dying.
On refusing the 'offer' I was rewarded with used to be called an 'old-fashioned look'
That town sounds like Bracknell! They turfed out all the retailers and demolished the town centre, replacing it with something more expensive-looking. Then they bumped up the rents as retailers moved back in.My bank has recently downsized to smaller premises as the town council seems to have
been bribedhad the 'vision going forward' to demolish an entire block of perfectly sound and stylistically appropriately buildings to 'revitalise the town centre', thereby causing many businesses to close and leaving an economic vacuum at the heart of the community for a good two years, after which this friendly shopping street will be replaced by a ghastly towering Premier Inn with a Starbucks (another one). Fortunately they'd already forced many small business owners out by raising rents and business rates to stratospheric levels. But that's another issue (or is it?)
There's a noticeable difference in the new-look bank: on joining the queue in order to speak to a human you'll be interrogated as to your intentions by beaming, smartly-dressed ladies who seem to appear from nowhere. If you're trying to pay in cash or cheques you will be physically bustled towards the new machines...even if you've told them they're not working.
Admittedly when the machines do work they're quick and convenient(ish) but they (the Stepford wives) seem to get weirdly irritable if you insist on being quite happy waiting - even if there are only three people in the queue.
That's what it's all about.Think of the massive savings less staff and buildings to support, and no need to cart money about via armored car, lilly massive tax savings ie less carbon foot print and so on lots of things you would not think off.
One of the more disgraceful episodes of this town planning stitch-up was when counsellors were apparently swayed by some Ping* type PR bird from the developers who insisted that "google searches for a Premier Inn in the town have increased by 800% in the last six months". Really? Gosh, what an extraordinary coincidence! How can that have happened?That town sounds like Bracknell! They turfed out all the retailers and demolished the town centre, replacing it with something more expensive-looking. Then they bumped up the rents as retailers moved back in.
And the bank machine incident - happened to me as you described. I protested, saying I was trying to save jobs by using the queue and not the machines. It was like she was deaf or couldn't understand.