Monday, February 12, 2007

The Drive-Up ATM

This weekend Marti and I went back to Bloomington to go to the IU game (Another home win!) and visit some family that was in town. Before we left, Marti wanted to pick up a new IU sweatshirt. She got a red hoodie, I got 2 pair of mesh shorts, and I found 1 dime and 2 pennies at T.I.S. (The shop we were at).

While walking through the laundy room today to go to the apartment work-out room, I found a nickel and a quarter on the floor near a washing machine!

This is something that I have been thinking about for a while. When you come up to an ATM in your car, I think that most people have the system ALL wrong. Most banks have 2 ATM's in the drive through. And when they are both full, people just pull right behind one or the other. Sometimes you get stuck behind the person who takes WAY to long, and you wish you picked the other line. Why should it be like this? At the Post Office there are a few windows open, yet we all wait in the same line, you don't pick your window and take your chances. Instead of trying to explain what I have been doing, here is a picture I drew to show you.

I just pull up in the middle of BOTH lines, and then drive up to the ATM that is done first. Isn't this a better system? Thoughts?

Total since last post - $0.42
Total for the Race - $216.85


Brian said...

No bank that I know of around my parts has two ATM drive-ups, but I usually try the same maneuver when I'm going to a drive-up teller. The only fallback is if another car comes; most people won't understand the logic.

Bailey said...

Same logic with the Drive-up Teller.

Good to hear that you are using the same tactic!

You are right, when people come up behind, they get very cranky. We just need to keep it up to change the world!

Brian said...

Ok, I'm game. I think the same should apply at supermarkets and retailers with a multitude of cash registers. Everyone should be filtered through a single point, letting the next in line go to the next available. This would solve a lot of problems, I think.

Chris said...

I do the same thing, but from a retail point of view it will not work. If there are five open lines/ATM's/etc and there are four people in each line you have a total of 20 people with each line having four. Now, picture one line with 20 people in it. As a retailer I would believe that mentally it is easier to stand in a line of four vs. a line of 20, even if the line of 20 moves faster.

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