Monsieur Cholet decided that we should take Master Cholet to do a spot of swimming on Boxing Day. We decided to give Woden pool a try for the first time, seeing as Erindale was closed and Tuggeranong centre never looks like it gets the once over with a wet cloth.
Had no cash on us, so took a punt that it would take Eftpos, and resolved that we would go and get cash if needed. Checked out the website before hand, but it gave us no idea either way.
Upon arrival I noted the Eftpos signage and breathed a sigh of relief but was very quickly informed that expenditure of $30 was required to use Eftpos or credit card. Whilst the chap on the counter said he would process our slightly over $10 fee electronically this once, he took exception when I suggested that $30 is a bit steep to hold customers to in this age of the cashless society. $30 by the way at Woden is the equivalent to about 5 adults swimming.
He went on to inform me that electronic transactions are no good when you have lots of people waiting to enter the establishment. To which I responded that if can manage it then perhaps they too could consider reducing the limit in the interests of customer service. How long for heavens sake does an electronic transaction take? 30 seconds?
This is not the first time I have encountered retailers and service providers in this town who have odd policies over what they will and will not accept by way of electronic payment, and by odd I mean not the standard and mostly accepted $10 limit. A newsagent in town close to my office used to only accept cash for bus tickets. And that was over $20 a pop or more each time. Needless to say I avoided his business.
It’s not a problem to carry cash most of the time and if I have it I will use it and obviously one can always avoid such retailers, but just wondering if in this climate they can be afford I be so choosy.