I was deeply troubled after visiting the transport board today. I went to renew my license, I joked with someone in the line “what if they don’t accept cards after spending all this time waiting in line?”
Well, he cautioned me that they probably don’t but I refused to believe that.
After waiting about 15 minutes in the line my first question to the cashier was “do you accept cards here?”
She told me NO and my heart sank. Obviously, I told her how disappointed I was that in 2018 the ABTB only does cash transactions and did not have a point of sale option.
I asked her if not in 2018 then when. I also asked her whether it wasn’t a security risk to have all this cash around. An officious cashier then shouted that the point of sale machine was too expensive.
I just happened to have the $75 cash required to renew my licenceence. If not, I would have had to return to the nearest ATM in St. Johns.
What are we doing as a country if a government institution in 2018 does not do electronic transactions? It really cant be that hard.
Something tells me transport board in just one in a long list. I just returned from another Caribbean island where even the roadside hotdog vendor accepted cards.
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