Every Thursday I withdraw $200 from our checking account to give to Mr. A for the groceries he will be buying and his “allowance”.
Some time ago, withdrawal slips were removed from the customer area, I was told they are viewed as a “check” so they don’t like to have them readily available. You have to ask for a withdrawal slip. I know they are right there with the cashier, so while she was away counting the paper money in our deposit, I got a withdrawal slip and filled it out.
She came back and I produced my withdrawal slip, ready with my debit card since they always make me swipe and put in my personal number.
She informs me that I no longer need to fill out a withdrawal slip, “Let me show you how to make what we call a paperless withdrawal.”
She has me slide my card and enter my pin. On the little screen I’m asked how much money I want to remove, so I entered it. That was it. She gave me my money and a receipt.
The next week I was in the big city and needed to do the company banking before four, so I stopped at one of the banks I go to regularly. I got in the business banking line and handed the teller the bank bag. And then I asked for a withdrawal slip. She handed me one under the protective glass.
But then I remembered, now they have this fancy pants “paperless withdrawal” so I said, “Oh, I guess you really don’t want me to fill this out, you want me to do the paperless withdrawal.”
She looked at me like I had suddenly sprouted a second head on my shoulders. She said, “Paperless withdrawal? I’ve never heard of that. We ALWAYS have to have you fill out a withdrawal slip for withdrawals.”
As I left the bank, I stopped at the personal bankers and asked one gal if she had ever heard of paperless withdrawals. She grew wide-eyed and asked “What is that? I’ve never heard of it? Paper withdrawals, you say? Oh no, we always have to have you fill out a paper withdrawal slip.”
Thankfully Mr. A was with me and he was also with me when I was informed at the other branch that I was to do paperless withdrawals from now on, or I might have thought I was going nuts.
Later I contacted my banking authority, Mrs. Money. I knew she could give me an expert answer since she works in a bank. Guess what? Mrs. Money had never heard of paperless withdrawals either! A google search using “Wells Fargo” and “paperless withdrawals” doesn’t bring up anything. Wow! Maybe I’m in the Twilight Zone of banking?
So I’m here to tell you I think this is the wave of the future in banking and I just wanted to let you know it might be coming your way to a bank in your town soon. I just think it’s amazing that a bank out in the sticks is more technologically advanced than one in the big city.