Problems using your ATM?
On Nov 6/07 I attempted to withdraw 20,000 Baht from an ATM at TESCO/LOTUS
Hang Dong. I inserted my Bank Card into the BKK ATM, followed the requisite
procedures up to and including pressing the “CORRECT” key, after entering
the 20,000 Baht amount I wished to withdraw. At the instant I hit the
“CORRECT” key, my card was ejected abruptly and a message appeared on screen
to the effect that I should contact my Bank. I did not hear the sound of
cash being counted, the money slot did not open and I was not given a
receipt (nor was I asked if I wanted a receipt).
I didn’t think there was any cause for alarm, thinking that ATM was out of
cash. So I tried the ATM to my immediate left. Fortunately my second attempt
did not go through because, unbeknownst to me, my account had already been
debited the amount of the previous transaction and, as a result, I did not
have sufficient funds in that account to effect a second withdrawal. When I
returned home, I checked my account via Internet Banking and only then did I
realize, to my utter dismay, that I’d lost the 20,000 Baht in my account.
I immediately contacted my Bank in Canada and after providing the full
details of what had transpired, they informed me they would begin an
“International” trace that would take approximately two months to complete.
Actually it took three months before I received a phone call from my Bank in
After conducting their investigation they concluded that the 20,000 baht I’d
attempted to withdraw was in fact dispensed to “an unknown recipient”. Since
they couldn’t be sure who received the funds, and based on my long and
spotless association with their bank (and presumably other financial
institutions in Canada which I deal with and which they surely checked) the
caller stated that the Bank would refund me the full amount lost.
This was a ‘good news/bad news’ call. While I was happy to receive the
refund, it still leads me to believe that my Bank now has an asterisk
besides my name, and should this happen again, I’m surely doomed if I should
even attempt to report a loss.
I would therefore like to hear from other Expats who may have suffered the
same fate. If you’ve been victimized, please contact me by email at
[email protected] with some details of your transaction i.e. location of
ATM (Bank or ‘stand alone” machine), was there anyone visible in the
immediate vicinity, etc. After racking my brain for the past three plus
months, I’ve come up with a theory that may explain my loss.
Thanks for the support
To all those who came to see our play That Takes Ovaries,
The cast of our play would like to thank all those who attended our
performances on March 8 and 15. Because of you we were able to raise over
60,000 baht to support our programs for the victims of AIDS. The Zonta women
are dedicated to doing everything they can to reduce the suffering of the
grandmas and orphans and your help gave us a big boost. Thank-you!
Laura Godtfredsen, director and president-elect Zonta
Shame on you Chiang Mai
I have just experienced my second Chiang Mai Songkran and
am now convinced that it is nothing but a wasteful, indulgent and
irresponsible aquatic orgy.
Water is a precious resource. To see billions of litres of it flowing down
the drains, especially at a time of drought and low water reserves, is
sickening. It is time for the administrators of this city to show some
responsible leadership and make some changes.
One or two days of water hurling is enough. I say ‘hurling’ because what we
have here now in no way resembles the gentle sprinkling of scented water as
Songkran tradition once was. To drag the excess wastage on into a fourth and
fifth day is sheer madness.
But then I guess the longer the party, the more revenue for the city. Again,
the baht dominates common sense and ethics.
I have been told that the water hurling in Hat Yai is restricted to one day.
If that is so, then congratulations to them. And shame on Chiang Mai city.
Oh, and non-Thai apologists need not try to justify the water wastage during
a Chiang Mai Songkran. They simply can’t. Any reasonable person should agree
with my point. I know that older Thais are aghast at what this city has
allowed Songkran to become. I see the frowns on their faces as precious
water streams past their feet along the gutters.
Come on city leaders. Please allow common sense and conservation to dominate
the baht. Just for once! Restrict your aquatic orgy to 2 days.
Thank you for printing my previous letters. Often people write letters only
to complain, myself included.
However I would like to congratulate the Mayor and all her staff on the
tremendous work they have done around the moat - with the yellow and pink
blossoms - the moat has never looked more beautiful.
Also the new pavements around the moat make it so much easier for an elderly
lady such as myself to walk around so much easier. I did venture out one day
on Songkran and it was a lot better this year. Unfortunately the Polite
zones were often empty of volunteers, I hope next year the authorities have
many more volunteers - I would put myself forward - however my volunteer
days are over with. There seemed to be a lot less foreign tourists this
year, however both foreigners and Thai people were very respectful to us
A belated swadee pee mai muang to all of your staff.