I had to go to my local sorting office yesterday to pick up a parcel I needed to pay customs duty on (an occupational hazard when you buy so many DVDs from the USA). When I pulled out my card to pay the £12 fee, the guy behind the counter looked rather embarrassed.
Post Office Guy: “I’m sorry, we don’t accept cards.”
Me: “You only take cash? Seriously?”
Post Office Guy: “There’s an ATM across the road.”
Me: “But why don’t you take cards? What is this, the 19th century?”
Post Office Guy: “We’re the Post Office, you know. I’m surprised we don’t still use horses and carts to deliver letters.”
Me: “In that case, you won’t mind if I pay you in shillings and farthings, will you?”
Post Office Guy: “It’s only fair.”
Honestly, the Royal Mail are trying to position themselves as an organised 21st century business but they don’t even accept Visa? How dumb is that?
Sometimes it amazes me this country even has the internet. Or the wheel.