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Problems using your ATM?

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Shame on you Chiang Mai

Beautiful moat

 

Problems using your ATM?

Dear Editor,
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 Canada.
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 ggue[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.
Sincerely,
Gerry G

 

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.
Ron Lister


Beautiful moat

Dear Editor,
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 ‘oldies’.
A belated swadee pee mai muang to all of your staff.
Elsie