Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Cashless and helpless
That's wonderful, expect when things aren't working. On Monday, major parts of New Zealand experienced a network outage, which brought down the EFTPOS system with it. People used to carrying hardly any cash were stranded, as stores can to process debit payments manually. I had to teach a store clerk how to use an old style carbon receipt manual slide imprinter (I knew how it operated, though I don't know what the contraption is actually called.)
As comment on the crisis, the newspaper had a cartoon of a customer asking a sales clerk, "er, do you accept New Zealand currency?" The virtual economy has made tourists of us all.
>style carbon >receipt manual slide imprinter
>(I knew how it operated, though I don't know
>what the contraption is actually called.)
I don't know what the official name is either, but unofficially we call them knucklebusters.