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jimbarkanoodle

Well-Known Member
I have noticed in shops in Peckham that loads of people actively avoid the self service machines* particularly if they are card only. This puzzled me for a while but it suggests they either dont have bank cards/accounts or budget so carefully they only use set amounts of cash for the week, month or whatever.

*As a side note this can be infuriating because people stand there like silent lemons so the group queue for the one manned till builds up whilst 5 self service machines are free.
 

editor

hiraethified
These pre-paid cards aren't much of a solution either

Cost of using a prepaid card
One of the downsides to prepaid cards is that they're often subject to all sorts of charges which can vary significantly from card to card. Some of the fees you might see include:

  • A fee of £5 to £10 to buy the card (although there are some free prepaid credit cards)
  • A fee of 2% - 3% each time you load money onto the card
  • Transaction fees - each time you use the card to buy something or withdraw cash
  • Monthly fees - some cards charge a fee of £1 to £12.50 for having the card each month
  • Extra fees if you use the card overseas and replacement card fees if the card is lost or stolen
  • Upgrade and cancellation fees
  • Fees to transfer money off the card
Prepaid Cards - the Facts about UK Prepaid Debit Cards - uSwitch
 

Me76

Not very good lurker
I drink in the Horns and know a few people who regularly go to the Railway after the pub has closed. The three I have spoken to tonight are all a bit Wtf when I've let them know. Two are totally in the only deal cash business so won't be able to go any more.
 

alfajobrob

Well-Known Member
I drink in the Horns and know a few people who regularly go to the Railway after the pub has closed. The three I have spoken to tonight are all a bit Wtf when I've let them know. Two are totally in the only deal cash business so won't be able to go any more.
Lol not saying a word...check your last sentence.
 
It's life insurers I am concealing my habits from.....
I've had an insurance client get me to research health insurance customers about linking bank accounts to their insurance policy. The premise is that lifestyle impacts wellbeing, though it was mainly couched in terms of financial stress and the ability for them to 'help' if somebody's financial situation changes significantly. I actually don't think they know what they would do with it yet.

It is similar to existing health insurance products whereby your insurance premium reduces if your are doing 'good' things like getting over 10,000 steps a day (Vitality do this whereby you get reward points for tracking data Fitness Tracker Offers | Activity Tracking | Vitality) They can't put your premium up if you don't do the activity though.

If insurance companies *did* look at your bank activity though, they would only get limited information at present, because while they could potentially decline payments to gambling and possibly pubs and off licence chains, they don't get itemised purchase data, only where you are buying. So if you wanted to put a block on your ability to buy alcohol or fast food, they could potentially do this by building up a database of bookies, off licences and fast food joints. Which they have in place for the major chains. But if you go into the Co-op and buy fags and booze they can't do anything about that because individual item data doesn't get transmitted when you do that. At present. It would be a huge undertaking to put that in place and so stuff like that is a long way off. And while they might be able to eventually do that with the larger chains like KFC and the Co-op - it would be a long way off before they would get that data from places like Costcutter in Tulse Hill. So it's not gonna happen anytime soon, they are not that organised.

I have no doubt they are cooking something up, but it's a long way off, and you'd have to opt in due to GDPR. Still, I really don't like it.
 

Smick

Strictly Second Class
I have read that the new Lidl at Crown Point will be opening next Thursday, 19th September.

There's no doubt that it will be the same goods sold in the same way as the Lidl in Streatham or Norbury, but I am actually quite excited and may even go round on the day it opens, just to check it out.
 
I have read that the new Lidl at Crown Point will be opening next Thursday, 19th September.

There's no doubt that it will be the same goods sold in the same way as the Lidl in Streatham or Norbury, but I am actually quite excited and may even go round on the day it opens, just to check it out.
About time :) Though still actually quicker for me to go to Aldi in Streatham!
 

Smick

Strictly Second Class
About time :) Though still actually quicker for me to go to Aldi in Streatham!
Tulse Hill is in the middle of a Lidl triangle. Between Norbury, Streatham and Brixton. We will be moving to a Lidl square now.

I definitely prefer Aldi to Lidl, but I'm not sure if it is novelty or not.

I hate the big shops now. Tesco and Sainsburys. Having to traverse 28 aisles just to get your shopping instead of 3. And if I want a packet of digestives, for example, there are maybe six different brands, each with multiple pack sizes. I might have to size up the price per gram of 15 different packs of biscuits, never mind the special offers. Lidl: one, maybe two packs. And it's all cheaper in the German shops. Tesco in Streatham is a last resort for me.
 

BusLanes

Pedestrian
So I was perusing Twitter the other day and by chance saw the Herne Hill Society and Helen Hates united in their opposition to BT's new Link WiFi and calling pedestals. Basically they seem to see them as hotspots (ha!) of anti social behaviour.

I must say I hadn't thought about that before. I just assumed they were an annoying, shelter free modern version of a phone box.
 
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hiraethified
So I was perusing Twitter the other day and by chance saw the Herne Hill Society and Helen Hates united in their opposition to Bat's new Link WiFi and calling pedestals. Basically they seem to see them as hotspots (ha!) of anti social behaviour.

I must say I hadn't thought about that before. I just assumed they were an annoying, shelter free modern version of a phone box.
I can't say I've seen much anti social activity around the ones in Brixton. Just people charging their phones.
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
I have read that the new Lidl at Crown Point will be opening next Thursday, 19th September.

There's no doubt that it will be the same goods sold in the same way as the Lidl in Streatham or Norbury, but I am actually quite excited and may even go round on the day it opens, just to check it out.
Went past it en route to the Open House London Crystal Palace Underpass.
The Lidl car park seems massive - and the store looks quite large for a Lidl.
Full car park on Sunday morning seems to me hardly catering to zero emissions.
Maybe the garish Fast Charger electric point is Lidl's get out of jail free card?
 

Smick

Strictly Second Class
Went past it en route to the Open House London Crystal Palace Underpass.
The Lidl car park seems massive - and the store looks quite large for a Lidl.
Full car park on Sunday morning seems to me hardly catering to zero emissions.
Maybe the garish Fast Charger electric point is Lidl's get out of jail free card?
Great, so I can charge my car there when I am shopping.
 

GarveyLives

Well-Known Member
Three men are now due to stand trial over the murder of West Norwood father-of-one Jude Gayle.

Jonathon Haynes, 35, of Park Avenue, Mitcham, and Leon Bishop, 30, from East Dulwich, appeared at The Old Bailey on Wednesday 11 October 2017

They were each remanded in custody where they will remain until their trial which is due to take place in March.

A third man, Tarelle Bishop, 23, of Dunelm Grove, West Norwood, appeared at The Old Bailey on Tuesday 3 October 2017, when he was also charged with the murder of Mr Gayle and is also set to stand trial in March 2018.


The Late Jude Gayle

Anyone with information concerning this incident should call the Homicide and Major Crime Command on 020 8721 4961 or via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
On the second anniversary:

Jude Gayle death: Family's new appeal to find man's killers
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
Fascinating (to me) human interest story about a collapsing bar stool at the Gipsy Hill Tavern.
Man sues pub for £1,000,000 after bar stool collapsed under him | Metro News
after this £1 million legal suit, it appears the judge knocked it back to £198,343.69 plus interest.
£200k for dad who ballooned to 22st after breaking ankle in pub fall

It does go to show though that falling off your bar stool can adversely affect you life - particularly if you instal satellite dishes up long ladders.
 

tommers

Not just a little bit of a slag, but a total slag.
Can’t say I’m surprised. It was never busy and the prices for cans weren’t much cheaper than going for a pint over the road.
I used to go in there to buy a few cans as a treat on a Saturday. Annoyingly I had just bought a big glass bottle to refill when they closed down.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
For anyone who knows or is from another EU country that need to use the verification service just seen that Lambeth do it for free if you are Lambeth resident:

Nationality services - EU Settlement Scheme | Lambeth Council

Its for those who cannot access up to date Android technology that works with the government crap app.

My partner fell foul of this. After a few hours looking it up and trying myself to make it work I discovered the government crap app doesn't work with older Android phones that don't have NFC.

Near Field Communication.

Lambeth do walk in service to scan passport etc to send off to our lovely government.

My partner ended up getting support from her Embassy. Some EU governments are trying hard to help their nationals deal with Brexit.
 
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