wait a minute... I take that back!
Yes, it is easy to access your bank accounts online.
Yes, it is easy to pay your bills online.
Yes, it is easier to transfer money from accounts online.
But it is not easier to withdraw your very own money.
Traveler's checks are not used much anymore.
It is not easier to manage your very own account.
And customer service is the worst it has ever been in my lifetime.
Fraud protection is the excuse we're given that control of our very own money is minimal.
I say, "Poppycock!"
|Vacuum packed shredded Mozzarella cheese dated Jan. 28th |
is still fresh after 7 weeks (refrigerated). No mold anywhere!
|We have (4) 5-gallon food grade storage containers: |
Coconut oil, Masa harina, Hotspur's homemade Kimchi, and Rum.
well, we don't have any idea where we will be.
Wherever it is that we will be we're guessing that receiving a new bank card there will be virtually impossible. But - requesting a replacement card is way easier said than done! Banks just don't issue renewals at your request, I discovered. But 30 minutes long distance with a customer service rep, I finally convinced the Bank that our replacement card be sent to an address in California to a fellow cruiser who would be flying to Mexico in a couple weeks and could hand deliver our bank card to us. I even got an email on March 6th saying the card had been shipped out. But on March 18th, our friend arrived in Puerto Vallarta empty handed. The card never arrived.
|Dennis (sv Andante) and Jim checking out Mar Y Sol warehouse in La Cruz |
for fresh, un-refrigerated produce. They take orders - even for green produce
that will ripen along the way!
|Jim hanging the hammock where we will store our fresh produce on the boat- the idea|
is that air can circulate and fruit & veg can swing freely without bruising, banging or mashing.
|This fast little Ford Focus cost me slightly more - |
luckily you can bribe the cops with a few bucks here in Mexico!
So now, we have no renewed card and the working card we did have... no longer works.
Thank you, Bank!! You're a Hell-per!
I insisted that I speak with a manager, who informed me that once the card is cancelled there is no way on this earth that it can be un-cancelled.
And no, they will not ship a new card to us in a foreign country.
And no, there is absolutely no solution to this problem... except that I fly back to the US and pick up my card in person or wait until it is mailed to our mail management company. And then, I can figure out how to get it... wherever we are. And as I am listening to the manager's monotone voice and hear her robotic, memorized jargon I am thinking to myself, "Why do we need banks? Because our money is safe there?" Oh yes, our money is so safe in the bank that we can't even touch it!
|Loading the Costco and Walmart goodies (notice who is sleeping on the job!)|
|Carolyne... awake and helping!|
Thank you, Bank. You're a Hell-per!
|Killer find at Walmart!! Yay!|
Tell me - why do we need banks again???
Who do they work for???
I think I'll bake some cookies and ponder the demise of civilization thanks to the skanky banks.
There has to be better way.