This is a discussion on Have you ever left or almost left your ATM card in the machine? within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by swinokur That's why I don't sign my card on the back. I print ASK FOR ID with a magic marker. Haven't gottern ...
Not to deviate from my post but you must understand this. The Consumerist is one of my favorite web sites.
If you are one of those people who refuses to sign your credit card, be aware that it is invalid and merchants can and will refuse to accept it.
Unless your name is "Check ID," that's not a valid signature. End of story.
Unsigned Credit Cards Are Not Valid And Merchants Can And Will Refuse To Accept Them - The Consumerist
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Nope, never done that one... yet. But it sure sounds like me!
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
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Glad you got your card back.
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I left my card in the machine once... I went to the bank, got money out, went to the grocery store and realized I didn't have it. Needless to say I had a panic moment until I went back to the bank and the lady told me the machine just sucks it back in and she retrieved it for me. I always double check now.
I'm not a huge fan of the ATM machine anymore though and if I do use it I make sure I'm armed. It seems like there are more and more reports of people getting robbed while using ATMs in this area.
Most of the ATMs I use now have just the "swipe" sensor. My bank still had the old style "eat the card" types in the lobby. One Saturday evening I was getting some running around cash out when I saw an older lady at the adjacent machine almost in tears because she couldn't figure it out. Being the good samaritan, I asked if she would like some help. I quickly got her straightened out and returned to my machine. Which, you guessed it, had swallowed my card for security. Here I am on Saturday night, not a penny in my pocket and I the bank is closed until Monday morning.
Talk about Karma backfiring on you!
I heard the beeping, but wanted to record the transaction before I left the ATM (this was during one of my many aborted attempts at responsible recordkeeping). About the time I reached for the card, the machine stopped beeping and sucked it back in. I was *not* pleased.
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