Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale - EFTPOS
EFTPOS - do you have eftpos in your country?
it is not a smart card loaded with funds for a particular service (like transport) nor is it a credit card, it is your bank card - the same as you use at an ATM machine - but it can be swiped in the same manner as a credit card at any store/service provider that has the eftpos facility.
In NZ we love eftpos, we are very nearly a cashless society. In Korea it drove me nuts, the first time I handed over my bank card, they swiped it and handed it back telling me "this is not a credit card", well duh, I just expected them to have the same, or even better, technology that we have.
In Ireland they do not have it, according to an Irishman I recently met this is a good thing or they would spend all their money at the pub (in fact eftpos was first used here in student pubs but that was in the late 80s).
I know my Aussie mates have EFTPOS but out of interest do others?
Speaking of great inventions (that I forgot to blog) - screw top wine. Yep, when our wine industry first introduced it many of my friends and I threw our hands up in horror "oh how could they, the world was ending" (what snobs) but honest to god screw top wine is great. I also sorely missed it in Korea - you expect me to use a cork screw - how barbaric!! Seriously it does not affect the quality of wine at all and it is SOOO much more convinient. Sometimes consumers really don't know what is good for them!!
Hehe on the note of modern technology my daughter was listening to a record on our player and asked "mum, how do I fast forward this". haha
(this is my player, it plays records, cds, tape cassettes and the radio - when visitors see it they think it is an old fashioned radio, just yesterday somebody asked me if it still worked
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