Cash machine rip-off in newspapers

Discussion in 'Finance, Property, Law' started by MrPVRd, Nov 28, 2004.

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  1. The Herald on Sunday highlights a "rip-off" whereby you get hit for over £1 for cash withdrawls on camp.

    I would either cash a cheque in the bar or use the Spar spend-over-£5 cashback facility to avoid the rip-off - I've never seen a "free" cash machine in any officers' mess.

  2. Why does every moral outrage appear to be linked to the black watch. I'm sure the blackwatch are getting fed up of their name being used in vane
    every time some one is upset about something vaguely military

  3. The Guardianistas will be moaning about class system, officer’s privileges etc. The Officers’ machines may be free at source but I’ll bet that part of their mess fees go to paying for them. And any ordinary poor working class cap doffing squaddie who finds himself in the Officers’ mess on duty will take the opportunity to get some ‘free’ money. Ditto Private Aitkins wife who is Mess Hall Porter. Quite right too.

    This is a non story.
  4. First time Alex has missed out the Scottish before Army families for a while I should imagine.
  5. Agree with seadog. A total non story.

    The camp i'm at has money box cash machines in the spar, and a perfectly good lloyds cash point about fifty meters away. And people still use the money box one.

    Soldiers are consumers and therefore have choice. Either get some cashback next time your at a till or plan ahead to avoid being charged to withdraw cash. Money box have a right to make a profit, its up to the individual whether you use their services. My pikey, dole raking chav sister inlaw has a debit card, i'm sure a banking soldier with a regular wage would qualify for one. The story makes out that soldiers and their families are locked in camp 24/7, what a complete load of crap. If anybody is being ripped off, its because they chose to be.

    Havent these lot got anything better to do than worry about this?

  6. Only everseen cash machines on one camp that was Blandford.
    There were 2 from high street banks and then in the Naafi Spar they had the pay through your ARRSE machine at the end of the day personnel choice. All the others i've seen have been in Spars outside camp in the middle of nowhere, captive audience if the banks wont put them there it means they'd be to expensive to install in such a remote area so if someone else puts them in of course there gonna charge. Never heard of one in an Officers mess though I wouldn't blame them as the others always seem to run out on a weekend strangely enough. :lol: :lol:
  7. Agree with you so far - non story in itself. Same thing applies for a lot of civvys anyway. Several villages round here with no free machines, or even post offices, any more. Lots of locals are on some form of benefit (some for genuine reasons :roll: ) and have to either (!) pay to use private machine or (2) pay to travel into town to a bank, where they often have to pay anyway 'cos may have to use a different bank's machine.

    But this type of story can be damaging - how many people, faced with continuous "Army this, BW that" lose any sympathy they may have for the forces and find themselves thinking "Stuff the whinging scrotes"?

    Got a few mates myself who I've had to put right on that one :(

    Oh, before anyone mis-quotes this, best do it for you.....

  8. Yerr right. So consumers ask to pay for the extra fee? And the extra fee is going back to welfare? Never seen one in an officers' mess, only in the NAAFI Spar, and as others said - use their cashback facility instead, or other cashpoints being only a few minutes away. There's always alternatives.
    True - That's the media for you I'm afraid - link anything to a topical issue to sell the papers, and then probably say that they thought it would be beneficial to them in some way. I'm surprised they didn't get a mention in the Queens Speech.
  9. True but that particular lloyds machine despite an upgrade is often on the blink and it is often empty by Friday night as everyone has used it for weekend leave and Friday night dancing!!

    Also the long queue puts the kids off so they right off £1.50 so they dont have to.

    It is a non story where a base has a regular free machine (although not all banks are free to each other) you pay the £1.50 for convienience but my current pad estate does not have a free machine. So you either use the £1.50 machine or get in the car and drive into town to get your beer tokens.
  10. Fact of life I am sorry to say. I live near a large town with at least one of every major banks ATM's if you look for them, but you still see people using the 'Money Box' ATM in the shopping centre? In my village we have a post office, small supermarket with 'Money Box' ATM and a co-op with co-op Bank ATM which is free to use for all banks. So why do people still use the 'Money Box' ATM with £1.50 fee "Because its handy" This is not just a service thing at all.
  11. NAAFI Financial currently provides 10 free to use cash machines.

    Where troops are confined to base, whether because of training or security, we offer a free to use machine. In addition Brize Norton has two free machines to facilitate easy access to cash as soon as troops reach the UK.

    At present we are unaware of any ATM operators prepared to service low transacting machines for free, but we aim to keep charges to a minimum in order to provide a service that might otherwise be unavailable.

    There is no discrimination on charges made between officers and junior ranks.

    A percentage of all charges is returned to the NAAFI which ultimately feeds into the Forces Welfare Fund.

    The cost of providing a charging ATM is approximately £14,000 a year and requires 750 transactions a month in order to break even. 138 of the charging machines managed by NAAFI Financial do not achieve this target.

    As part of the continual assessment of its ATM service NAAFI Financial is ensuring that the advice of charges is as clear as possible and is investigating a satisfactory way to display the location of the nearest free to use machine.

    Al Voice, Managing Director of NAAFI Financial said today:

    “In the early stages of developing the ATM estate four years ago I approached a number of banks including the Nationwide to investigate their willingness to provide free ATMs on military establishments and met with a negative response. So I am a little surprised to read some of the comments emanating from that quarter in recent days”

    Al went on to say:

    “We are in the business of supporting our forces, not pulling a fast one. In fact we have written over £750 million of Life cover in the last 12 months for those being deployed to the Gulf which we are really proud about. We have even paid out claims to soldiers who, because of various circumstances, had not paid a single premium. Track records are very important in the insurance industry, NAAFI Financial have never withdrawn cover on any of its products in the face of serious threats to peace such as 9.11 and the Gulf Wars, and remains the only provider in this specialist market to have continually provided cover.”
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