lunch break stories: keep your credit card safe

Self checkout, SPAR, OshakatiAlthough electronic payment facilities can be found in every corner of the country the use of a ATM is still a bit thrilling as chances are that the money or the card (or both) is not coming out due to poor maintenance and old machines: last time when a Bank Windhoek ATM in Oshakati kept my banking card it took almost two hours to get it back.
At the two big supermarket chains Shoprite and SPAR I usually pay with my Swiss credit card. Here it is the staff that makes things exciting: at Shoprite I regularly have to show the personnel how the operate the POS cradle with a foreign card. At SPAR I’ve taken the advise to keep your card in view all the time literally: self checkout. As the person who can operate the dedicated terminal is usually not around I’ve started to make the transaction on my own and after it hand over the receipt to the till girl.

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