By Braddah Lance
For as long as I've had a bank account (keiki account at Hon Fed - you remembah dat bank?), banking services hasn't changed much. I'm talking about actually walking into a bank, seeing/possibly talking to a greeter, standing in line, waiting for da "ding", look up and around for da hand waving you in and completing watevah transaction you went in for.
So imagine my surprise wen I walked into Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union (Fort Street Mall and King St right across downtown Macys) with Da Wife to get a bank check and saw no one!
*Holy Canoli! Did we jus' walk into a hold up in progress?!*
No, wait. There's da greeter. She was tucked away behind a desk and pop up wen we came near. As I looked around for a teller, Da Wife jus' kept walking straight into a wall of about seven or eight ATM machines.
Huh? We can get a bank check from an ATM now?
Canister loaded and ready to launch in.....3, 2, 1......
And VIOLA! It's gone.
Is dat your final answer?
Wait for it....... I hear it...... wait for it............
Jackpot! Too bad we no can make dis kine withdrawl in Vegas.
I guess das one of da reasons why they were voted numero uno!
All's I gotta say is....... Wassap Wit Dat!
It was pretty trippy to experience dat and I could see ODDah banks following suit in da future. Maybe not anytime soon, but it is a novel idea. The bank/tellers are protected from hold ups since they are secured in a separate room, you get a "live" person if you need one and you don't have to walk a mile to da next available teller.
But you do lose dat "personal touch".
Did I mention dat they had a seating area, tv and a self serve coffee bar? Pretty posh huh?
Have you evah been in there? Have you seen anything li'dat before? Wat you tink of da "hybrid" concept? Wave of da future?
And how cool is dat..... Wednesday lunch time jazz next door - too bad we couldn't stay and enjoy it as we were rushing away