this woman has money but doesn't know how many zeroes to punch....

@Cutie18f (9564)
Philippines
January 25, 2013 11:06am CST
You heard it right. Yesterday I encountered this woman who looked very simple and looked like she didn't have a single cent with her. Well there goes my judgmental mind again. I was at the bank yesterday and I immediately fell in line after next to a woman who was taking much time punching the details in this machine that will give you your priority number. It's where you input details on whether you are withdrawing, depositing, etc. I was waiting behind her when she turned to me and I noticed that she didn't get any number. So I said you get your number now and she asked me "how many zeroes are there in 92?" So I said what 92--92 pesos? She shook her head and I thought I didn't hear her answer, so I decided to assist her. I said okay, punch all the details--here, are you depositing or withdrawing? And she said she was withdrawing, so I punched "withdrawing." Next came account number, so I told her to input her account number and to tap the screen a little harder since the computer screen only responds when you tap it hard (something is wrong with it I guess), so she punched the account number very quickly, without a problem and without looking at any codigo. She had memorized her account number. After that came the amount, so I asked her how much she was withdrawing and she whispered 92,000 pesos. Wow, I was blown away! This woman looked so simple and does not even know how many zeroes there are in that number, has actually lots of money. That's so amazing. After punching all the details, her number came out and she thanked me. While waiting for my priority number to be called I finally heard her number and she went to the teller who told her to first see the bank manager. As I was next to her I was also observing all these. She went to the bank manager who asked her to show some papers and she did produce a piece of letter which I think was a letter of authorization. (So it was not her account) Then she was asked to produce her ID which she did. The bank manager was making notes here and there and it's just unfortunate that I was done with my business and I had to leave. I did not see whether she was able to withdraw the money or not. What do you make of this situation?
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11 responses
• United States
25 Jan 13
She is most likely illiterate, or at least illiterate with numbers. There are folks who grow up in a country without ever learning to read or how to manage money. It's amazing how folks can get by their whole life without any literacy skills.
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@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
I was close to shocked and in my mind I was wondering what grade she finished and how come she has lots of money like that.
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• United States
26 Jan 13
People with dyscalculia can have difficulty understanding that words with hundred or thousand are the same as these 100 or 1000. They can have some trouble with handling money too.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
I think she is not so well educated.
@vernaC (1493)
• Romania
25 Jan 13
I have this colleague before who's married and she's short, with dark skin and let's say a bit of a looking stressed out. But everyone at work knows she's having money above than a usual worker because she's got a lending business and her husband's salary is more than enough for them. So one time riding on a public vehicle after work while this woman had fallen asleep, there are robbers inside the vehicle and robbed all the passengers except her. The criminals didn't bother to wake her up and steal from her because they thought she's poor the way she's dressed up and how she looks. They didn't know that she was carrying money paid from her borrowers. So this is where I get the idea of dressing up simple without much accessories specially during payday.
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@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
Oh. So it worked for her. So this is why beggars and some people sometimes give me that suspicious look--they could be thinking I have money. Well, they'd be in for a surprise should they rob me.
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• Philippines
25 Jan 13
Hello Cutie18f, What she did was very dangerous, what if the person she asked to was actually a criminal, holdaper or part of a syndicate. lucky for her because the person that actually took care of her transaction problem was you. This reminds me, if ever I would won the lottery to keep it simple and never wear anything that would catch some one's attention. i hope her transaction was good.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
I actually wished I was a hold-upper at that time letran.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
25 Jan 13
If she is indeed not the woman who owns the account, as it must be seeing as she was asked to come aside for paperwork, then she is very lucky to be able to hold the money for a short time. I do hope she doesn't try to take any for herself as that would not be good. It explains her behavior, she was embarrassed as to why she was whispering I bet.
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@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
Yes, she was and with that huge number I am sure she wouldn't want others to hear that amount.
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@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
25 Jan 13
Ha ha, no one ever said to be rich you had to have brains. I guess she is a great example of that. How are you these days?
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@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
25 Jan 13
Hi Maria! Well, still trapped in the cycle of work and home.
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@cupkitties (6699)
• United States
26 Jan 13
I was thinking maybe she's one of those rich people who always has their personal assistant to handle the money and she wasn't used to doing it herself. Then I read about the papers. I think like PointlessQuestions said, she's just illiterate with numbers.
• United States
26 Jan 13
Maybe she was the assistant. If so I hope the one who hired her knows what he/she is doing.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
She didn't look like someone who had an assistant working for her. I don't know. She also didn't look like a real secretary. She looked so so simple.
@Hatley (161788)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Jan 13
hi Cutie I think you were right the first time she is a simple woman workilf his account so hope he trusts her and that she could be trusted to bring it to him all of it. wow.wonder how it turned out.
@Hatley (161788)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Jan 13
have to rewrite as it did not print all of a sentence. I think you were right the first tiem she is a simple woman working for a wealthy employer .He sent her to take that money o ut of his account. So I hope he trusts her and that she could be rusted to bring to him all of it.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
But this woman is doing it for the first time and she is not wearing any sort of decent uniform. She looks very plain and does not look like she has inherited some money from her ancestors.
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
My mother once asked me to withdraw 1 mil from her account because somebody needed as a loan and my aunt was having one my cousin’s programs. When I went to the bank, I was kinda dressed like anybody else and trying to mind my own business. Luckily, the bank manager knew me and ushered me to do transaction. Someone at line glared at me when the transaction was finished because I didn’t look like I was good enough to be noticed by the manager wearing tattered jeans. But like my mother, I don’t wear my wealth on my sleeve. Some of classmates are even shocked to learn of my connection and my supposed wealth back in school and they tell that I’m too ‘dowdy’. Money is just like every other asset .It comes and goes and some like to flaunt it. There is nothing wrong with that but there’s also no wrong in keeping things simple and grounded. I guess the woman you encountered is not very much aware of bank procedure. Even I am not familiar with some transactions unless my mother asked me to do it for her behalf.
• India
26 Jan 13
Thanks for sharing the incident in this discussion. Good that you helped her. Here for withdrawing money we have to produce the cheque or the withdrawal slip manually at the counter, and sign again on it again, the cctv records every thing.. Alternatively one can use the ATM card in the ATM machine any where, there is one small machine near each counter in the bank, where one can use the card, press keys to enter details, the money is paid by the cashier. I use this, because many times the card gets stuck in the ATM machines..
@cobalt20 (1321)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
Wow. That amount was close to 6 digits. We could be rich in that amount. Well, I hope she withdraw her bank account.
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
We can be a bit nosy (chismosa) when these things happen, don't we? I could learn some stories of certain depositors, too, when I fall in line too long in a bank! Well, my way of killing boredom, I guess.