do you count your money once withdrawn via ATM

@Manasha (2311)
Pondicherry, India
March 4, 2012 3:10am CST
I always count the money once withdrawn via ATM. The habit is started once When I saw an article stating that the person has missed some money when I withdrew thr ATM. Hence, I am careful whenever I withdraw money. I spend some time for counting and then I start from there. How about you? did you ever face any issues on the same process. If so what you did and would it solve the issue?
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@venkit (2957)
• India
4 Mar 12
Normally when we withdraw from ATM, someone will be standing back to you on the door, just to step in and withdraw.So counting money inside ATM cabin will irritate the others in queue.Surely, I count the money even though its a machine that does the processing.So I just leave the ATM cabin and count the money, if it is less in amount we can complain to the bank.Even if we make the count inside the ATM cabin what else can we do? Machine will not hear our voice.we can take the receipt and make complain to the bank, if the amount is less.But I have never faced such a issue and don't know whether bank will hear our complaint if it happens. And i think everyone should make the count and have the printed receipt, then only we can complain if something is wrong.
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@Manasha (2311)
• Pondicherry, India
4 Mar 12
yes it is fine to check the count because receipt may be wrong sometimes
@mikeley (321)
4 Mar 12
I always check my money when i withdraw it from an ATM especially nowadays because a little while ago I went to my local shop to get £100 out and I only got £80! The shop was nice enough to refund me which i was most pleased about but as again im a more more cautious about checking before i leave the place
@Manasha (2311)
• Pondicherry, India
4 Mar 12
yes it is always fine to check the amount once withdrawn
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
Not really because my withdrawals are very small and it is easy to see without counting whether I got the right amount or not.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
27 Jan 13
It is perfectly natural for me to count the money once it has been dispensed by the ATM. I have never had a wrong amount from one, but the practice of counting it seems instinctive. What I really hate is the habit of people filling the machines with cash in an untidy manner. I constantly have to sort out the money because the notes and mixed upside down and back to front, so I place them all the correct way before placing them in my wallet. This may seem a little eccentric to some people, but having notes out of order really annoys me.
• India
20 Jul 12
There is a say, always strain the water before drinking and always count the money before giving it or after receiving it; i adhere to this. In atms here there are reports of not only less money but also fake currency!!!!!! Prof.Bhuwan. Thanks for sharing
@adhyz82 (36263)
• Indonesia
2 Jun 12
yes..we must be careful if we are talking about money...
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
6 Mar 12
Never. I only use ATM's that are part of a bank and not a freestanding ones. I take out the maximum because I get charged for each withdrawal. I don't want anyone to see me with that much money. They might rob me and that would be worse than having to wait a few days for 20 dollars that I might have been shorted. The bank checks to see if their records balance every day. If there is an error the bank will examine every record for that time period and find it. I don't worry.
• Waltham, Massachusetts
6 Mar 12
I count my money after I withdraw it from the atm as quickly as I can if there are others behind me because I want to make sure I have the right amount. I have never been given the wrong amount but I'd rather be safe than sorry. It's true that machines can be imperfect just like people and after reading this discussion I'm all the more glad that I do this. It's definitely a smart thing to do. If I had a problem I would call the bank or maybe go in and speak to someone there.
• Philippines
6 Mar 12
I do the same thing as you do.For me,it's important to count your money before leaving the house & as you arrive.You never know what will happen to you.Sad to say,some houses can't be safe anymore because some people may enter you house without you knowing it or how they did it.
@dodo19 (33320)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
5 Mar 12
I do try to count the money I receive, when I withdraw some money from an ATM machine. Sometimes, I do forget to do it, but I do generally try to make the effort to do so.
@2wicelot (2948)
5 Mar 12
Most times I count the money after it comes out of the machine. It is always accurate and never short and I have never been overpaid. But when it is dark at night or when the place is a bit crowded I usually just put the money into my pocket quickly and just walk away. I wouldn't want anyone robbing me.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
It is a good habit to count money after withdrawing money from ATM to make sure the exact amount is at hand.
@Ollanna11 (372)
• United States
5 Mar 12
I try to remember to count my money before stepping away from the atm. You also have to be discreet because you never know who is watching. I can see how someone would forget to count. The average person has a list to tackle daily. I was at the self checkout in a grocery store. I used debit to withdraw money, I believe the screen prompted a reminder to not forget my cash. You really have to be alert when making these withdrawals. My husband almost walked away from the atm forgetting is atm card. Luckily I was with him and he caught himself. I can see how this can happen at a atm that doesn't dispense the atm card until after the transaction is complete. I prefer the atms that don't swallow your card, you insert your card quickly and then remove to begin the transaction. All atm machines should change to the quick swipe method.
@anil02 (2968)
• India
5 Mar 12
Your habit is good one. We must be count money after withdrawn via ATM, we also check each and every note. It is my opinion when we got money from any means we must be count it.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
5 Mar 12
I always count the money I get from the ATM or from a teller at the bank. I worked at a bank and know there can be mistakes, although not often. I don't count the money I receive in change from a cashier. It always seems there is someone behind me and I don't want to hold them up. When I go to the bank, it is usually the drive thru and there are a few cars, but not a long line, like at some stores.
@magester1 (148)
• Argentina
5 Mar 12
Yes of course, here it's very common for the ATMs to make some kind of mistake. I've heard of it happening to lots of people. I once went with my mother to help her withdraw some money, the ATM said that transaction had be successfully completed but it had not handed out the money so we had to go into the back to report what happened... it was really annoying and time consuming.
@timetravel (1428)
• United States
5 Mar 12
Yes!!! Especially ever since one time -about four years ago I went in a gas station and withdrew money from the ATM. Apparently the person before me - who had long left the place, had not counted his or her money. I went to take out eighty dollars and ended up with over two hundred! 220.00 to be exact. I triple checked my own account balance, and it showed only the eighty withdrawn. I had trouble pulling the money out of the ATM, which made me think the previous person most likely did, too, and didn't bother checking the amount they took away. The people working at the gas station were from another country and barely spoke English. When I inquired about it they had trouble comprehending what I was trying to say but their eyes were on the cash. I felt if I left it with them and the owner returned they would keep the money and lie. so instead I left my cell phone number with them in case the person came back looking for the money. Two months later, when I never heard anything, I used it to help feed some feral cats I help care for. Point is - ever since then - yes, I always count!
@Metatronik (5911)
• Pasay, Philippines
5 Mar 12
I am counting it so that to make sure that I got the right amount. Aside from that I am accepting the receipt for me to know my real balance on my account.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
Like you I always check the money I withdrawn from ATM. It is better to make sure. Coz if somehow you forget that you've paid for something, it will be hard to think if you lost a money or the ATM given you few money you were suppose to get. And if it gives you less than what you asked for, you can at least ask the bank immediately.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
5 Mar 12
I used to..but not always there was a time that u feel the balance was incorrect. Then i coun every purchase that i made with my debit card that way..i can find the answer