Word Of The Week 04/07


def. On Monday, I tried to purchase some groceries in one of the local Sainsbury’s but… the card reader could not detect the chip. I had to remove my already bagged items from the self-service till and join the queue for the cashier, who eventually removed my items from one bag to place them in another but then wouldn’t accept my explanation regarding the chip and insisted on embarrassing me by having me try it, then trying it himself and eventually giving up and swiping it and… then having to go and hunt for a pen so that I could sign the invoice. I then went across the road to Tesco and tried to purchase some additional items, only to find the self-service machine there couldn’t detect a chip either, nor could the cashier’s reader, but… the international student manning that till couldn’t even get the magnetic strip to read and I had to pay by cash!!!! I ordered a new card!!

On Tuesday I went to purchase some groceries in another local Sainsbury’s, I didn’t risk the self-service machine but the cashier got the chip to read. In Tesco, I risked the self-service machine and it read my chip. I sighed with relief!

On Wednesday, Sainsbury’s self-service couldn’t detect the chip, nor could the cashier’s. I had to swipe again. Later that evening, I found myself making an emergency run to Tesco and found their readers could detect the chip!!! I just don’t know what’s going on!!!

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