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  1. The Dude

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    and from the unlikeliest of sources sometimes... :)

    I was just in B&Q buying some cupbaord doors, and proceeded to the checkout, ready for the nightmare that was about to ensue..
    I've got a debit card which has developed the annoying habit of never swiping through shop tills at the first attempt, sometimes not at all.

    I get to the till, the lady serving me tries to swipe the card and fails... I apologise for the state of the card, she tries again, and again, and again...
    Then she remembers something, and pulls a bog standard B&Q carrier bag from the box and throws my debit card in there... I'm looking confused by now :confused:

    She turns around and tells me, "this'll sort it out.... it reduces the scratches so the machine can read it - I try not to smile to hard :rolleyes:
    ( you've seen B&Q crinkly opaque carrier bags right? :D )

    and guess what... after tightening the bag around the card, she swipes it through the tiil, and it only goes through first time! :eek:

    It's a known workaround for dodgy-swiping cards, after getting chatting, all the long-serving staff use this to get around problems with cards..

    Genius :clap:
     
  2. Adrenochrome

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    How the heck did they realise this would work :eek:
     
  3. mcfarfs

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    Thats quite cool, but with chip and pin you would never have had that problem ;) .

    You will feel very stupid suggesting that in another shop next time it won't work, and even more stupid if it still doesn't work . :rotfl:
     
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    What nonsense. When I was in my old job, I used my shirt
     
  5. The Dude

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    No idea... Imagine how many smiles were wiped from oh so many knowing faces the first time somebody tried it and it worked..! :)

    That's what I was in the middle of explaining to her, when the receipt suddenly appeared in front of me.......
    Maybe you should write to B&Q and apply for a job as their top EFT Systems consultant :D

    Admittedly, trying to shine shoes with a B&Q carrier bag would just be plain silly. :nono:
     
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    ^ now why did you change name to Lucy?
     
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    Test
     
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    What she really meant to say was 'this is a special card cloning B&Q bag' :D
     

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