Jul 31, 2009

norms for handling money


dublin social patterns - ATM queue
Photo: ATM queue in Dublin downtown

Why are there plenty of ATMs in Dublin, still constant queues at all of them?

Why there are so few ATMs in Dar es Salaam, still no queue waiting at them ever?

My observation:
Interestingly, people in Dublin don't like to use their bank cards for paying for goods. They like to use cash. However, they don't like to carry cash. They like to carry bank cards. So when they need to buy something, they take a small cash amount out from an ATM, and then make the purchase using that cash, left only with the bank cards and no cash again.

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