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Old 09-05-11, 03:18 PM
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Going to a Bank on a bicycle

The other day I went to the bank on my bicycle I did not go in the bank I went to the drive up window and like most banks they had a line. I was look at like you fool why you in line on your bicycle.Even the teller look at me funny.LOL But I had a lot of fun doing this.I just wanted to see if I could do it or not.I'm not car free but this goes to show me that I could do it if I wanted to or had to.I'v been thinking about going car free for a while and I may do it some time.I did enjoy it a lot.The ride was a little over 26 miles round trip.

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That's awesome, I do that all the time since my bank is right by my school, however people never seemed to care. I have yet to go through the drive-through of a restaurant on my bike though.

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I don't bother with the drive through the lines inside are shorter, if there are any lines to begin with. Personally I would love to see drive ups go away in many cases.

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One teller at my credit union told me they would prefer fo me to use the lobby when it's open. But she said that after she served me, so she didn't seem very serious about it. None of the other tellers at the various branches ever said anything.
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Old 09-05-11, 06:21 PM
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Drive-through line-ups: very good if you enjoy sucking in car fumes.

Actually, I almost never go to a bank.
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I use the ride through at the bank often.
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Drive-up bank windows are rare here. I don't think I've ever seen one. On a bike or in a car, it's easier just to park and run into the bank to take care of business.
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I walked through the drive-through a couple weekends ago, and some ****er in a giant pick-up truck in front of me had a serious problem with it. He yelled at me, did a little burn-out when he pulled off, and went inside, presumably to yell at the staff for letting me walk through. I think he had some bigger 'issues', since he was about 50 and acting about 5.

The bank charges $2 extra for using a human teller, and has only the drive up option outside. So, I think it's reasonable to walk through. I've done so many other times before, and never had any problem. It does seem a bit unfair of the bank to not offer a walk-up atm, though. If you are walking, you stand in traffic, or pay extra.

I wonder about the legal impact, if the bank told customers that they could not walk through. Can you deny service to that segment of your customers when the lobby is closed? Or can you, in effect, charge a $2 'no car' fee when the lobby is open? According to the Sherman Anti-trust Act, it is illegal to charge different customers different prices for the same product or service, unless you can prove different costs to get it to them ("Prices may vary in Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico").
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I've been told by quite a few places--fast food and banks--that for insurance reasons people are not allowed to walk through the drive-thru. They never said I couldn't do it on a bike though.
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Drive-thru banking never really caught on in Ireland. In this city of around a million people there's only one I know of. A few drive-thru McDonalds and there's a toll bridge I use sometimes to cross the river but that has a free cycle/motorcycle lane.

Don't think there's anything more American than a drive-in movie but I presume with DVDs and downloads they must be a thing of the past. Watching a film/movie without leaving your car was symbolic of American car culture for my generation.
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Same here, not much drive-thru or drive-in, except for a couple of McDonalds. We have had a few cycle-in movie events lately though.

I do nearly all my banking over the 'net or use ATMs if I need cash. I have scheduled meetings with my bank customer service person maybe 2-3 times a year, and even some of those meetings are redundant. But I like to keep in touch with them, to have someone I can call or shoot an e-mail directly if I need help with something.

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Old 09-06-11, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Caretaker View Post
Drive-thru banking never really caught on in Ireland. In this city of around a million people there's only one I know of. A few drive-thru McDonalds and there's a toll bridge I use sometimes to cross the river but that has a free cycle/motorcycle lane.

Don't think there's anything more American than a drive-in movie but I presume with DVDs and downloads they must be a thing of the past. Watching a film/movie without leaving your car was symbolic of American car culture for my generation.
There are still a handful of drive-in theaters left, but they are more of a nostalgia thing than a viable business. Most of them are seasonal at best, and are usually in a small town off the beaten path.

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Don't think there's anything more American than a drive-in movie but I presume with DVDs and downloads they must be a thing of the past. Watching a film/movie without leaving your car was symbolic of American car culture for my generation.
The drive in has taken off again out in the country side. You can see two films cheaper than the price in the city and eat all the funnel cake and hot dogs you want. https://www.themoonlitedrivein.com/ https://www.montanadrivein.com/ My favorite was the Montana for the funnel cakes with lemon pie filling on top
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When I lived in the suburbs of New Orleans the banks refused to allow pedestrians or cyclists use their drive through windows. They had no good reason for doing it. Nobody would give me any logical answer for it.

It's another reason I hate corporations. They create stupid rules and the people enforcing them have no explanation for them. In my job I must do some things that aren't sensible. Corporations have created environments where their employees aren't allowed to think or use good judgement. Nobody likes that situation.
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They're everywhere in L.A. Years ago some places,like Well Fargo,would not let me use the drive-thru on my bike.In the last 5-10 years,most places don't have a problem with it anymore.

On a scale from 1-10,how lazy ARE you if you won't get out of your car to get money?

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I tried to do this at a Wendys once a while back. They refused to serve me because I wasn't in a car.

So I refused to give them my business.
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Drive throughs are more dangerous than their convenience is worth, and nothing is more fun than just walking inside with my bike and standing it up against a counter while I do my banking. In 35+ years of doing this no one has ever dared to ask me to remove it......
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Drive throughs are more dangerous than their convenience is worth, and nothing is more fun than just walking inside with my bike and standing it up against a counter while I do my banking. In 35+ years of doing this no one has ever dared to ask me to remove it......
Why do you say that drive-throughs are dangerous? They should be no ore dngerous than riding or walking through an ordinary parking lot, IMO.
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Why do you say that drive-throughs are dangerous? They should be no ore dngerous than riding or walking through an ordinary parking lot, IMO.
I think they are dangerous to people that aren't in the drive thru line...People pull off from them looking down at whatever they just got, not at what is around them. I make a point of trying to walk into a place on the side opposite of the drive thru just to avoid this behaviour.

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On Saturday I went out on my bike and went to a local bank drive up station. I've even walked up to this one and never had a problem. Then I rode my bike to Safeway to pick up a few things. Rolled the bike right into the store and all around as I picked up a few things and then rolled it through the checkout. No one gave me a problem about it at all.
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I don't bother with the drive through the lines inside are shorter, if there are any lines to begin with. Personally I would love to see drive ups go away in many cases.

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I feel the same way.

Drive-thrus' actually cause the air to be polluted more, just from waiting in line with the vehicle idling. Unless someone shuts their vehicle off, while they wait.
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Then I rode my bike to Safeway to pick up a few things. Rolled the bike right into the store and all around as I picked up a few things and then rolled it through the checkout. No one gave me a problem about it at all.
Maybe that's more common where you live. Here, I've never seen a customer take a bike into a store, other than a bike shop. If I tried that in the grocery store, I know I'd be asked to leave.

When I lived in Toronto, there were signs on the doors of office buildings and professional buildings to let people know bikes were not allowed inside.
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I tried to do this at a Wendys once a while back. They refused to serve me because I wasn't in a car.

So I refused to give them my business.
I won't use the drive-thru at a fast food place, when I am on my bike. Where in the world am I supposed to put the food.
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I won't use the drive-thru at a fast food place, when I am on my bike. Where in the world am I supposed to put the food.
Handlebar bag?
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I won't use the drive-thru at a fast food place, when I am on my bike. Where in the world am I supposed to put the food.
My son often gets us breakfast at a McDonalds about 1 mile from our house. He rides home while holding 2 or 3 large coffees (in a cardboard cupholder) and the white bag of food curled under his fingers on the handle bar grip. He doesn't go to the drive-thru because they won't let him.
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