While my friend Dimitris was visiting here from Greece, he asked me to accompany him to the bank where he had established a savings account several years ago. He requested that future statements be sent to my address so that I can forward them to him in Athens. The bank was very agreeable to the change and gave him a new bank card to use for any bank activities. A few days later, I took him to the ATM outside the bank as he needed to withdraw some funds for his stay here. The ATM declined his request although it gave him his balance. As the bank was closed, we had to wait to return for an explanation. When he spoke with the office manager at the bank the next day, the manager could not tell my friend why the card was malfunctioning but offered to have a new card sent to him. I asked the manager to assure us that the card would arrive before Dimitris departed. He promised, and he did not lie–the card arrived a few days later. We drove to the bank, Dimitris inserted the card, and once again it indicated that the transaction could not be completed–no money. This time we were at a bank we had not visited before. Inside, we met with that bank manager who insisted on going outside with us to the ATM. Dimitris put his card in, punched in his PIN, selected a withdrawal amount, and the same message appeared indicating that the transaction could not be completed. The office manager was puzzled and asked that Dimitris once again go through the transaction, which he did. After he had put in his PIN, the office manager said, “Did you hit ENTER?” The mystery was therefore solved, and this bank manager was the hero.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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One Response to Enter

  1. arcadian48 says:

    Good story. We always have to try to be smarter than the machines. Often, though, we fail. 🙂

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