This country just seems to be getting worse and worse. I have had nothing but trouble with banks of late. Well started months ago when the cash machines at Banco Popular just refused to accept my card, checked with bank back home ,they said there is no problem with the card
Tried o find out from Banco Popular what the problem is, but of course, I might as well task the cat next-door.
Then I tried Banco Santa Cruz and they were very good, well at least until the last couple of weeks. To save the hassle of unreliable cash machines here I normally withdraw over-the-counter. Been doing that for months no problem. So two weeks ago I go in there did the usual thing and was informed my card was not working. Thought must be problem back home, so called bank back home and they assured me the card is working perfectly okay there is nothing wrong with it.
So went back to Santa Cruz again hour later and this time the card worked and nobody could explain why didn't the first time!
so yesterday, two weeks later, go again and the same crap again, card refused and again no explanation as to why ...again tried again later but this time no dice! so now I'm in a load of hassle can't get money from Banco Popular cash machine, can't get money over counter in Santa Cruz and my rent is due and I am stuffed and worried as to what's going to happen, as nothing seems to work and nobody has an explanation or don't seem to care very much in any case.
Checked with my bank back home again just to be sure and yes the card is working perfectly ..well except of course in this God damn place.
And yesterday a friend told me he stopped using Santa Cruz a while ago, because their ATM will not accept cash card with chip any more, which is kind of crazy since most cards have chips these days I would have thought... Talk about going backwards!
This place really is a shambles, nothing ever works whether it's electric ,banks or whatever- and to top it all outside its under several feet of water with all the rain , so can't even leave to go to the bank.
I've really had enough of this place! I have decided screw all this hassle, I'm going to live in a more civilised country!
So come New Year is goodbye DR and good riddance, nothing in this place will ever work properly and seems it's getting worse every year.
PS finally found an ATM which seemed to accept card ,went through all the steps got the point Please take your cash - and guess what no cash came out Bloody unbelievable!!!!
Will now have to get in contact with my bank to see if the cash has been taken from my account in cases it was fraud.
As I said screw this country I'm out of here!!