See, I remember back when there weren't no ATMs. (And ATM machine, while redundant, is perfectly acceptable. Fuck you, I'm a linguist.) Back then, you needed money, this meant taking time out of your lunch (half-)hour, running to the nearest branch, and praying the line wasn't so long that you still had a chance to maybe get something to eat. Once you had the money to pay for it.
Obesity wasn't such a problem back then. Must have been the running around. Or the not actually getting the money to pay for lunch.
As for weekends? Oh, you needed cash during the weekend? Well, you can either write a check at the supermarket for over the amount of your purchase, if your supermarket does that, or maybe the bank has extremely limited Saturday hours. Possibly. And a long-ass line of people just like you.
So for those of us who don't believe in long-range planning, ATMs are a Good Thing.
They were even better back in the day, when they had fives in 'em. I don't think Wells Fargo has anything smaller than twenties in theirs. In fact, I don't think they have anything except twenties in theirs. Easier to stock, yes, but if you only need $25, and pulling out $40 would leave insufficient funds to cover a check. . . this isn't much of an improvement over having to run to a branch.
This is assuming your checks actually go to the bank. I wrote -- no, I take that back. I (over)payed for some stuff at Whole Foods with a check. Which meant I signed it and handed it to the cashier, who put it in a box next to the register which printed the date, the name of the store, the amount, read my account and routing numbers, took the money, and printed a cancellation stamp on the back of the check. Which the cashier then handed back to me.
Confused the hell out me when she gave it back.
Then scared the hell out of me, since I'm from the "ok, it'll take at least two days for this to clear" school of financial management. Same reason I use the "credit" instead of the "debit" buttons when using the card. Or the credit option used to take longer to process; this is probably no longer the case either.
Back to the thing with the check. Why am I even bothering to give you the little piece of paper again?
Oh, and that Stop Using That Horrid Grammar! site? I went out with tackyminnesotabitch a week and a half ago, and she was all complaining about people saying, like, "me and her" instead of "she and I" or whateverthefuck the supposed correct form is.
I did not make a conscious effort to use the incorrect form as often as possible in the course of our conversation. It just happened. My bad.