When Cash Meant Something In Life – Fiction

Time for another installment of   Friday Fictioneers  hosted by Rochelle.  100 words or so based on the image below. Click on the froggy link (after this piece) and come join us!

When Cash Meant Something In Life

One morning my sister,  Iris,  and I were walking to work at our family’s antique store.  It was early,  but the New Orleans French Quarter was already bustling with activity.

For several days, we’d been watching the progress of workers making some sort of hole in the wall at the old Hibernia Bank building.  We were quite amazed that this sort of hole in the wall could even be allowed in such an old Spanish era building.

On this particular morning, the work had been finished.  Atop some odd-looking post office box contraption read:

ATM Machine

“What do you think that means?” Iris asked me.


photo prompt – © Dee Lovering

20 thoughts on “When Cash Meant Something In Life – Fiction

  1. A few years ago, we were at the Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. There were lots of ATMs in there and the people were lined up 20 deep at each one draining their bank accounts so they could lose it all to the casino.


  2. Ah . . . one of those new-fangled automated teller machine machines! It always cracks me up when I see redundant signs like that. In Kansas City, where I live, the old bank buildings have almost all been turned into something else, but I can appreciate the need to upgrade an old building in order to keep it functional and secure for the people working and doing business there. Interesting story.

    All my best,


  3. I forget when there wasn’t ATM machines, Ellespeth. But yes! I recall when people went inside banks and talked to other people. Now those machines can count money! I like the mysterious hole in the wall. Well done.


    • I still go inside to do my banking, Amy 😛 I used to sometimes use the drive up window – but there was a teller at the window. I just don’t know about those ATM machines.
      Thanks for reading this piece, Amy and for commenting.

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    • Hahaha, Randy! I’ve watched my husband use one but…you’ll not find me using one. And ATM machines do look odd on old buildings.
      Thanks for passing by to read this one.


    • That’s just about how I took to it when I first saw one. I was just getting used to drive-up banking 😛 Oh well…I’ve never used an ATM machine – where does the money come from and where does it go if you put something in there? Baffling.


    • It’s amazing how many many thousands of jobs are being lost to machines. I try not to use the self-service tills in supermarkets and in filling stations and use my high street bank branch as much as I can (unfortunately mainly withdrawals, very few deposits)


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