crappy debit cards *&^%%%$$

  1. I just spent an hour at the grocery store wrapping up 150$ worth of highly skilled finds, got to the counter, had half my groceries bagged. Oh. Says the cashier. The system is down for all the debit cards for your bank since 3 pm. It's all through the city and the surrounding area. Stupid crappy Bank. No groceries for me. I don't even have the car tomorrow so...:trout:
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
  4. by   Medic2RN
    That has happened to me before....except I actually had my checkbook with me (I was lucky!) You would think in this day and age .....
  5. by   dianah
    I can't help but think that I *should* stockpile a little cash, in case of some horrendous, emergency, for-whatever-reason, cyber-down-time! Your story just re-jiggled that thought in my head.

    Maybe our ancestors had it right, hiding cash in the mattress . . hmmmmmm . .
  6. by   adrienurse
    Strangely I usually pay in cash when I grocery shop, not last night.
  7. by   DutchgirlRN
    That really sucks. I would think the store would have put a notice to that effect on the front door. I think I might of had a fit and talked to the manager. I'm lucky I live in a small town. Our smaller grocery store, who everyone says is the most expensive, will let you take your groceries home and bring them a check or cash later. It's happened to me twice. Once when the card wouldn't work and once when I realized I had left my wallet at home. The larger stores here would NEVER do that. I'd rather pay a few extra pennies here and there and stick with the local grocer.
  8. by   BSNtobe2009
    I can't say that has ever happened to me, but I have worked places where it has when I was in college.

    Getting declined credit or debit cards is a very rare thing in retail, and when our system or the bank's system was down, we would get out the old hand slider and make a copy of the card and take our chances and run them through when the system was back up.

    The 2 or 3 transactions that ended up being direct losses wasn't worth upsetting every single customer that came through paying with plastic.
  9. by   UM Review RN
    I usually carry one extra check in my wallet, just in case. I use it and replace it every couple of weeks or so, so as not to disrupt the check number sequence.

    Boy, I would've been hopping mad!

    But then again, most of those problems are resolved pretty quickly, so I can see why the store didn't post anything.
  10. by   traumaRUs
    I have a major credit card for just this reason....very frustrating though, I totally agree.
  11. by   CHATSDALE
    some days are like this..don't buy a lottery ticket today
  12. by   adrienurse
    Turns out that the network owned by my bank (which is the biggest in the country) was down all over canada on Friday.