The corona virus COVID-19

 
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Banks do wear all of the risk attached to using your card online, so long as you don’t do something stupid and share identification and PIN information.

Aside, I remember as a kid walking into a branch with my mum and grandparents, there were always lines of 6-10 tellers and I remember the tellers always asking if the customers wanted to be taught to use the ATM - I bet most of those tellers never retired from working at the bank...

I always cringe when I walk into a store these days and ask for some product and the staff say ‘have you tried looking online?’ - yeah, send me to any real competitor before you suggest online.

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  route14 Chief Commissioner

I would call this harassment.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Banks do wear all of the risk attached to using your card online, so long as you don’t do something stupid and share identification and PIN information.

Aside, I remember as a kid walking into a branch with my mum and grandparents, there were always lines of 6-10 tellers and I remember the tellers always asking if the customers wanted to be taught to use the ATM - I bet most of those tellers never retired from working at the bank...

I always cringe when I walk into a store these days and ask for some product and the staff say ‘have you tried looking online?’ - yeah, send me to any real competitor before you suggest online.
Aaron
I cringe also.
Accelerated and self inflicted, one way street into irrelevance, obscurity and redundancy.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Banks do wear all of the risk attached to using your card online, so long as you don’t do something stupid and share identification and PIN information.

Aside, I remember as a kid walking into a branch with my mum and grandparents, there were always lines of 6-10 tellers and I remember the tellers always asking if the customers wanted to be taught to use the ATM - I bet most of those tellers never retired from working at the bank...

I always cringe when I walk into a store these days and ask for some product and the staff say ‘have you tried looking online?’ - yeah, send me to any real competitor before you suggest online.
"Aaron"


Staff were doing as they were told, but yes I finished school in the late 80's when it was still common to do the "public service entrance exam" or join a bank. Fortunately I did 1 weeks work experience in a bank and that was enough to "enlighten me" and went into heavy industry, now also a dying sector.

The 90's and 2000's were the end of the banking era for both employees and customers as we  to know it and I think the banks played nice not closing as many branches as they could have, but eventually did. Most of my school friends that I knew who joined a bank nearly all met the same fate within 10-15 yr. Ironically when Rio Tinto was closing its Melbourne R&D office, many of the former mostly engineering or science based staff ended up in the banking industry working in their business development, analysis, improvement etc. My own cousin (female) in business improvement, used to get chauffeured driven home from the bank in Melbourne if she worked after 6pm, then head hunted by another bank for same.

The banking industry is now mostly all behind closed doors, the customer service side is online or phone as this is 2020, not 1920. Personally I haven't walked into a bank in in Australia in years and I don't see a need to start. We have taken 2-3 mortgages over the phone from 2002 to 2008 and almost everything else including investing.

The last time I had to personally deal with a bank wasn't an actual branch, but an office and it was because they stuffed up the loan progress and to speed things up I had to physically pick up the deed for a property we were using as security, take it from one bank office to another banks office. I walked 600m across Brisbane in my lunch time to take the document across the road. The guys could see each other from their offices and he got both the deed and a mouth full from me (to be fair they couldn't officially do that, it had to be security courier, but still).

I will say the Australian banks are completely "F_ed" in dealing with expats off shore dealing with Australian based transactions, some better than others, but few great.

In the UAE, its not alot different, for UAE my mortgage they came to my house to go through the paperwork. New cards are delivered to your house, work and I've even picked up on side of highway by courier and only to you with UAE ID on delivery.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Banks do wear all of the risk attached to using your card online, so long as you don’t do something stupid and share identification and PIN information.

Aside, I remember as a kid walking into a branch with my mum and grandparents, there were always lines of 6-10 tellers and I remember the tellers always asking if the customers wanted to be taught to use the ATM - I bet most of those tellers never retired from working at the bank...

I always cringe when I walk into a store these days and ask for some product and the staff say ‘have you tried looking online?’ - yeah, send me to any real competitor before you suggest online.
Aaron
I cringe also.
Accelerated and self inflicted, one way street into irrelevance, obscurity and redundancy.
"michaelgm"


The customers drove these people out of a job just as much as the bank, really would you line up in side if you could use an ATM to withdraw money in a fraction of the time at any time of day? Same thing is happening to the checkout chicks and at the airport with self check in, railway station ticket booths etc. Australia is going cashless quickly, cheques are just about dead, even the ATM's are quickly becoming redundant.  

The banks of today are nothing more than your card, your online and phone account interface and when you absolutely need to, a phone number. The physical bank is as relevant as Cobb 'n' Co.
  doyle Assistant Commissioner

Mike at High St Melton

Update from daughters child care

update 1
Lol so update guys we’re not closing and it’s important that everyone gets care now so we don’t need to worry anymore coz everyone and anyone can bring there kids in again even if they’re not essential workers even if they work from home ✌️ look forward to getting covid

Update 2
Still no job keeper because g8 we’re greedy and took a percentage from the government to keep childcare open that’s why we got cut off
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

Probably because that's where people can pay bills and do some banking and gambling. In my area, the newsagent is the lifeblood of the town because the banks have packed up and left as has the post orifice and just about everything else.

The banks keep insisting that everything can be done over the phone or web, but the last bank to leave about 2 years ago said the same thing, and when you ring their non existent customer service and eventually get your call answered they tell you that you have to go into a branch to do that, even though it was once possible over the phone.

This customer service call might take place if your Telstra NBN is working because mobile coverage is nil. NBN not working? Stick a fork in it. Don't bother calling telstra who has offshored customer support. Their technicians servicing the copper fttn network have left the building.

So to conclude rant, the newsagent provides an essential service. Even in a capital city it seems.
ANR
Haven't regional customers heard of online payments? It really irritates me going into the Post Office to pick up a parcel of new model trains and there is a herd of pensioners paying their bills with cash.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Apparently the CovidSafe app has been quite useful in NSW because of a high download rate.

However, it's been of limited use in Vic because most of those infected and the communities around them didn't download it.  Possibly due to language barriers, suspicion of Govt etc.

As for the anti-mask wingnut in Franga - she used the "Sovereign Citizen" defense when being arrested.  Oh dear...
  doyle Assistant Commissioner

Update 3
Bitchhh these Ars ehole parents bring them in sick every day man ???? they get s hit ty at us when we send them home as soon as we check their temps and they’re above the right temperature ???????? they’re so selfish it kills me parents were crying today and Ive had enough so I turned around and said at least you still have a job after Wednesday we don’t know so I’m sure you can look after your own kid for 6 weeks ????‍♀️

And so far yeah dad we all good no new news except the government have failed once again in helping us legit once this sh it is all over I’m looking for a career change
  doyle Assistant Commissioner

Telephone conversation with my daughter

Some parents were complaining that they could not have a cleaner over to clean their houses

You couldn't make this stuff up
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Telephone conversation with my daughter

Some parents were complaining that they could not have a cleaner over to clean their houses

You couldn't make this stuff up
doyle
At this point, if I lived in Melbourne I wouldn’t want a cleaner coming into my home...
  doyle Assistant Commissioner

I wouldn't want anyone cleaning my home ever, do it myself to my specs
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Haven't regional customers heard of online payments? It really irritates me going into the Post Office to pick up a parcel of new model trains and there is a herd of pensioners paying their bills with cash.
nswtrains
Haven't you heard of safe drop? It really irritates me when I go to into the Post Office to lodge our daily load of MyPost Business parcels and there is a herd of people holding little paper cards in their hands waiting to pick up parcels. Laughing

Everyone has their own twisted view on the world
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Back to the topic at hand, I got a guidance email from our Industry body today about the new Covid stage 4 restrictions and how they apply to businesses in Melbourne. Included in the info was DHSS is taking up to 2 weeks to contact employers to tell that that an employee has tested positive.

5 to 6 days is considered the median incubation period of the virus in a person. And we wonder why the virus has spread so far and so quickly in Melbourne.......
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Probably because that's where people can pay bills and do some banking and gambling. In my area, the newsagent is the lifeblood of the town because the banks have packed up and left as has the post orifice and just about everything else.

The banks keep insisting that everything can be done over the phone or web, but the last bank to leave about 2 years ago said the same thing, and when you ring their non existent customer service and eventually get your call answered they tell you that you have to go into a branch to do that, even though it was once possible over the phone.

This customer service call might take place if your Telstra NBN is working because mobile coverage is nil. NBN not working? Stick a fork in it. Don't bother calling telstra who has offshored customer support. Their technicians servicing the copper fttn network have left the building.

So to conclude rant, the newsagent provides an essential service. Even in a capital city it seems.
Haven't regional customers heard of online payments? It really irritates me going into the Post Office to pick up a parcel of new model trains and there is a herd of pensioners paying their bills with cash.
nswtrains
'.... a herd of pensioners paying their bills with cash ... '
Oh dear, how sad, never mind, too bad.

Without doubt there should be a red carpet express lane roped off with plush rope supported on gold posts exclusively for those picking up parcels containing model trains.Rolling Eyes
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I don’t know about for model trains, but there should be a roped off express lane for those that are home all day to see the postie come and go, only to find that instead of bringing your parcel to the door the lazy prick just put a card in your letterbox to make you go and get it yourself.

I currently have 13 THIRTEEN open disputes with either Australia Post and another couple that have escalated to the ombudsman, with two others that have already been resolved by the ombudsman with me receiving compensation from Australia Post.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Has the Vic government issued any guidelines around cash? Right now I don’t think pensioners handling a bunch of cash is a great idea.
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
The government in Queensland has just announced borders to NSW are now closed to NSW and ACT people.

We are all going into lockdown across the country
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The ABC understands Victoria will report around 725 new coronavirus cases today.
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

The ABC understands Victoria will report around 725 new coronavirus cases today.
bevans
Not unexpected. I know some people who have partners on the front line in the hospitals and they are reporting things are getting worse and are expected to get worse before they get better.

There is concern that the virus is increasingly spreading between the hospital staff themselves.
  doyle Assistant Commissioner

What is happening with the hospital staff that they are getting this virus?
Is it incorrect use of ppe?
Is the ppe the right type?
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

What is happening with the hospital staff that they are getting this virus?
Is it incorrect use of ppe?
Is the ppe the right type?
doyle
Bit of each and the fact it is just extremely difficult to maintain complete isolation from the virus working with infected patients week after week after week. Apparently they are now using higher grades of PPE but its painful after 10 hour shifts and it makes working on non affected patients more difficult and every patient is being treated as if they are infected, which slows everything down.
  doyle Assistant Commissioner

This whole bug thingy has just been totally mishandled from the very start by all levels of government and us as the people of this nation.

(I don't want to hear 'hindsight is a wonderful thing' as I and others said this from the start of this pandemic)
  Carnot Minister for Railways

From all accounts the Govt are making restrictions and rules on the run.

They had no idea what Stage 4 was going to look like.  And here we are.
  doyle Assistant Commissioner

Carnot
From all accounts the Govt are making restrictions and rules on the run.


Of course they are, from the scramble home of our nationals the Ruby princess the botched hotel quantine to opening and closing the borders and hounding our premier to open up the schools an alike as well as the ridiculous court case to force western Australia to open their borders, this list of mistakes and mishandling will be ongoing

The driving factor the underlying factor is... the economy

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