Life Story

ATM

In Thailand, I got to use the ATM for the first time in 1995. At that time, there were no ATM in India. Soon, I understood how to withdraw money and was comfortable in the same. One day, after a very busy day in office, I went to the ATM to withdraw money and by mistake punched in 10000 Bahts instead of 1000 Bahts. So, I had far too much cash in hand and did not feel safe about it. I wanted to put back 9000 Bahts and was struggling with the ATM about how to carry out the same. Seeing me struggle, a Thai approached me at the ATM. He spoke very little English and I was not sure how much English he understood. As he wanted to help, I tried my best to explain to him that I wanted to deposit 9000 Bahts. He said, no problem. He asked me to insert my card and key in the PIN. I did so and then he took over. He did something and withdrew another 9000 Bahts and gave it to me.

Nice ATM

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    • That is nice Tridibesh. However, it was not a good option for me. As I had to go all the way to Silom or to Jatuchak to deposit the money in Bangkok Bank. Traveling by taxi was not a hassle. However, it was a big pressure on the time required due to the jams in Bangkok. And during my stay at TAC, I really had no time till the system went live. I did not even tend to wife who was carrying during that period.

      I eventually took the help of Khun Nok, who was the Manager of our Apartment, to teach me how to deposit money using the ATM.

      Regards,
      Partha

    • Dear Sukamal,

      As far as I can remember, I did not say anything possibly. I must have definitely thanked him as I usually do so. I was just too stunned. I remember that I divided the amount in smaller sets and stuffed them in different parts of the garments. In those days, my shirts and trousers used to have a “Chor Pocket”, which was supposed to be an insurance against potential pick-pockets.

      Regards,
      Partha

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