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Letters To The Editor,07th July 2017

EFTPOS Rounding Utiko Nabunobuno, Tailevu I have always preferred to pay for my shopping using my Access Card through the EFTPOS Terminal in the supermarkets, because I thought I would
07 Jul 2017 09:19
Letters To The Editor,07th July 2017

EFTPOS Rounding

Utiko Nabunobuno, Tailevu

I have always preferred to pay for my shopping using my Access Card through the EFTPOS Terminal in the supermarkets, because I thought I would pay for the exact amount rather than the rounded figure.

For example, I thought that if my shopping totalled $71.63 they (supermarkets and banks) would deduct that exact amount as it was a wired transaction, and that the figures would accumulate in banks.

In a sense I thought if I paid cash I would be giving away 2 cents as the supermarket would round off my sale to $71.65, but if I did a wired transfer, for every two cents I save up to $200 one day.

Well, that is what it is supposed to be, or maybe what they were leading us to believe when 1 cents and 2 cents denominations were removed from our legal tender, and also encouraging electronic transactions as a means of payment.

I just realised more recently that when we prefer to swipe our Access Cards after doing our purchases, we don’t pay the actual total in our shopping list, but the amount is rounded off before the cashier pulls out the EFTPOS machine to punch in the figures.

I can understand that the cash registers are programmed to automatically round off the figures, but they should know that we are not paying cash in notes and coins of which they will need to round since they do not have one and two cents to cover for.

The supermarkets should programme their cash register machines to have a payment option, where there is a choice of payment before the rounding. What incentive is there to make your payments electronically when it isn’t different from paying cash?

We know that electronic transactions will have great benefits to both consumers and traders in minimising cash handling, and thus posing minimal risks. However, electronic transactions can be unattractive if it incurs a lot of costs such as fees. For instance, my sister prefers to withdraw all the cash she needs for the week, pay for the 50cents access fees once, and not need to pay transaction fees for every purchase she makes.

 

Cold season

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Discussing with Allen and Dan Urai the cold weather currently affecting Fiji, we all agreed on something. That it would be great to know the temperatures during the cold season over the last 20 to 30 years compared to the present day.

Whether it’s getting colder due to the drop in temperature because of Climate Change or maybe Allen and Dan are just feeling the effects of aging? I reckon it’s both.

 

Dog neutering

Tim Howick-Smith, Lami

I would like to express appreciation to the Suva City Council, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Fiji, the Animal Health and Production Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and the team of veterinarians from Charles Stuart University (CSU) in Australia for collaborating in conducting a “Free Dog Spaying and Neutering Clinic” for Suva City residents and ratepayers.

This excellent proactive humane and sustainable dog control management initiative will indeed make a significant contribution towards the avoidance of unwanted puppies.

Municipal councils are continuously on the receiving end of complaints from residents and ratepayers regarding the various negative impacts of stray dogs in their neighbourhoods. No one can fail also to witness the suffering of female dogs that are continuously pregnant and the sorrowful fate of their unwanted puppies.

This clinic started on Tuesday, July 4 ends today at the Animal Health and Production Division of the Ministry of Agriculture at Toa Street, Vatuwaqa.

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