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    NEW WAY TO RORT MONEY

    I wonder what was in the bank's and major grocery stores like Woolworths in Balaclava's minds when they decided that any transaction under $30 does not have to be verified with a Personal Identification Number (PIN).

    I went in there today and as it turned out my transaction was for $29.54 and I placed my Mastercard in the slot as one does, and pressed credit at which the girl serving me asked me if I wanted cash out, and when I said no she grabbed my card, extracted it, replaced it, hit cheque, which I don't have and processed the sale and handed me a receipt.

    I was gobbed smacked and asked her how she had managed to extract my cash without authorisation and she brushed me off, "Been in for 8 weeks, not our fault..." . Fabbergasted and confused I walked out, did a blockie and walked in the front door to talk to the manager for explanation. Same reply, very courteous and helpful with head office phone number, and managed to squeeze out..."well it makes our job easier and quicker for more turnover...".

    What about our security? It means anyone can grab any card and spend just under $30 anywhere. I wasn't too happy when I was made by my bank to go from Visa to Mastercard, but really, do you think this is a positive move?
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