Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

We're in Good Hands


Carol went to the city last Friday and stopped at the ATM. A "helpful" Thai was waiting for her as she turned around, ATM card and money in hand. He took her ATM card and told her that she needed to put it back into the ATM and enter her pin number. Carol told him she wouldn't do that and retrieved her card out of the machine. Five days later, she went to the ATM machine, entered her pin, and the machine said wrong pin number. She went to the teller who informed her that she had no account. Bob looked at the card and said, "Carol this is not your card." Obviously the man she encountered had used a slight-of-hand maneuver and gave her a worthless card. She went into the bank and alerted the security officer shown above! Since he spoke no English he resumed his official duties. The next day, Carol's co-teacher took her back to the bank (30 miles from our village) and she was issued a new card after showing her passport and bank book. Luckily, funds were intact. No harm done. However, if you see a man wearing a straw hat behind you at the ATM, beware!!! We think he alluded the security officer.

5 Comments:

At 10:54 AM, Blogger lindsayallbaugh said...

Close call! Sounds like something that would happen to one of us here. Do you think they are hiring at that bank- I think I am qaulified to do what he is doing...

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger ALTA said...

wow that is scary!

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger MJ said...

His official duties being...counting sheep? The lurker was perhaps related to this official??? :)

Glad you were ok, Carol!

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger Sparta said...

I've read most of your website in the last couple of days. sounds very exciting. why thailand?

 
At 1:56 AM, Blogger Bob and Carol said...

Why Thailand? We signed up for the Peace Corps and when they saw our background in teaching, they assigned us Thailand - a country that needs native English speakers to help the Thai teachers to teach English. Or, to put it another, way -- fate brought us here. We love it!

 

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