Thursday, April 12, 2012

North Valley Bank Removes Trinidad ATM

The ancient North Valley Bank ATM in Trinidad is being removed.  The ATM is one of the older models that sucks your card into it and usually gives it back after your transaction.  It was famous for not working. That never surprised me though because it is made by Diebold, the same company that used to make faulty voting machines. Locals knew that if the machine didn't work the first time, try it again. About 9 times out of 10 if you did your transaction twice, it would work on the second try.  Tourists however didn't know this and they would complain to the bank.

 I went into the main branch in Eureka and made a complaint one morning and one of the nice ladies there told me that they get many complaints about that old machine and that if they got many more, they would be forced to remove it.  She said it was more cost effective to remove the machine than replace it with a modern one.  On April 17th. the machine will go and it is not to be replaced.  North Valley Bank is where I bank and I liked the convenience of not having to drive to Arcata or McKinleyville to use an ATM without paying a fee.  There are still ATM's in town, one at the Chevron across the street and several at the Casino down the street.  None of those are from local banks though and  all have major tolls attached to them. 

4 comments:

  1. Now you can't complain about it working. That is good. No more complaints. Oh wait. Now you complain that you have to drive to another ATM. In another town. Or pay evil fees.

    Complain about everything. It is what needs to be done.

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  2. This is a good thing for tourists that assumed that since it was there, it was a working ATM. I will be some what inconvenienced but since I drive past two more branches of my bank on my way to work 5 days a week, I will adjust.

    Anonymous, if this machine ate your card like it sometimes does, are you saying you would not complain? Or are you one of those people that won’t stand up for yourself?

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  3. How the story changes now.....

    Was this not about voting machine?

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  4. Voting machines are a faith based way to run elections. There is no way to verify your vote on one. You might as well vote on an ATM.

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