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Random NYC Tip.10 (ATM Vestibules)

December 16, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Now this really is the oldest one in the book and the easiest to act out: You’re cold, pull out your ATM card and go into an ATM vestibule.

But wait, there’s more. We all know that you can use your ATM card at any bank, whether it’s your’s or not, meaning your card opens the door to ever bank vestibule in the city- 24 hours a day. Yes that does mean you can throw an impromptu after party there once the club dies down at like 3 o’clock in the morning. Just don’t stay there too long, you’re on not-so-candid camera and some (or most) banks have real people on the other side of those cameras, monitoring their vestibules throughout the night and they will call the cops on you.

Having an ATM card, even if it’s for a closed account at a insolvent bank, can be a lifeline for you. A ticket to sanctuary when you just can’t brave the elements anymore. I once ate an entire four-course meal in a Bank Of America vestibule wait out the rain and wait for a bus. Only in New York.  Bank designers are smart, however, you will almost never find an electrical outlet in a bank vestibule because if they did that, it would officially be The Spot and people would never leave.

Obviously this works in any city, obviously.

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