October 9th, 2016

The Librarian

They just don't make 'em like they used to ...

Had to visit the bank because my debit card suddenly started showing as cancelled when I tried to use it ... number worked fine for online banking and two different calls to the help centre confirmed that, as far as the computers were concerned, everything was active and good. So obviously the problem was with the card itself.

Yep. Chip had self-destructed. So now have a new card/number and can once again avoid saddling the local small businesses with credit card fees.

And the reason for the subject line: This dead bit o' plastic was the second debit card I've ever had and it was only about three years old. My previous and first debit card had been with me for over twenty-five years ... it actually began life as a bank account holder identification card that later had debit abilities added to it when that new-fangled type of payment came along. It had a large crack in it and the magnetic strip was worn away at both ends and the raised numbers on the front were eroded nearly flush with the surface from years of going in and out of the slot in my wallet and it never ever ceased to work. It only got retired because the bank declared that the chip cards would be mandatory after a certain date and messed up my whole plan of hanging onto it just to see how long the antique would live (plus it was fun explaining what it was to shop staff who were younger than the card was).

No wonder the new cards have expiry dates ... crappy construction/materials and no stamina! Logan's Run banking! ;p