£anking System

Since starting this trip I have had trouble procuring cash from my array of Hk Bank accounts.

Now my little lambs ,you are wondering why a person of my stature should have such a problem.


Known as the worlds local bank ,are the most insufferable ,bumbling , cretins known to the human race . To call them monkeys is an insult to the likes of bubbles ,Clyde and the little fella in the ” hangover part 2″.

This is my mail to my designated customer representative …..


A week in financial limbo was solved by a call to standard chartered banks confirming that the Hk banking system wouldn’t feel lost on the set of the Flintstones.

HSBC use an interface called “union pay” which puts a huge restriction on the banks you can access. Looking ahead at my intinery i may need to consider sepositing cash somewhere on my person as bartering went out around the turn of the century.

What baffles me is the fact you have no tie up with HSBC Turkey ! Yet , Garanti banks ( where I incur fees plus crap rates) have the required software . Its difficult to understand the rationale behind this , no doubt some overpaid idiot in London decided it would be a great money spinner.

Even more hard to take is the fact Garanti , HSBC ATMs are side by side a short distance from my hotel. I can send you a picture if you like.

I plan to be back later this year where i will arrange the closing of my account before “The worlds local bank” discover its an international bank and not the Toyrus bank it really is.


Mr k.y.Jelly

HSBC ATM - are as common in Turkey as kebab shops !

HSBC ATM’s- are as common in Turkey as kebab shops !

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3 Responses to £anking System

  1. John says:

    Noellie, how many times do I have to tell you? Bank with the AIB. They give you a lovely plastic wallet. It’s the same as the one John Hone has been using to keep his credit card receipts and bookie dockets in for the past 23 years

  2. juliet says:

    That last posting is absolutely hilarious. I hope you know that the share price of HSBC went up this week due to great profits!!!! Is that why it’s no good to you the individual? Or, is it an overpaid big ‘un in Turkey made sure you can’t use the system in Turkey. Anyway why don’t you use Shanghai bank or those other Asian ones? Did you only go to a wine cellar in the Lebanon? That’s pathetic! W

  3. Helmut Knipp says:

    Hello Aidan,

    Your blog is quite interesting and informative, and I read it with much enjoyment. Sounds like you are having a great time.
    I want to add my 5cents worth on the banking system, especially HSBC. They are cretins and certainly do not live up to their advertising slogans. It once took me 4 hours to withdraw some cash in Tokyo, from my own account in Hong Kong and I am a Premier Account holder. I had to raise my voice and work my way up through 4 levels of management at that branch.
    Another time in Jakarta, they would not accept their own check drawn upon my Hong Kong account at their main branch in Jakarta to one of their own customers there. The stories go on and on, but I will not bore you.
    By the way, German banks are no better.
    Nieves and I will be in Germany from the 4th to the 23rd of June. Will you by chance be there as well? Would be great to catch up.

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