London 2012 fans to be left without money thanks to Visa-only idiocy
London 2012 has been one boob after the next, with their 'Best of British food' idea showing off food and drink from companies like the decidedly un-British McDonald's and Heineken and now, thanks to another sponsorship deal, we could see people unable to draw any money out.
It has been reported that Visa are demanding that existing cash machines were switched off and replaced with exclusive Visa ATMs. So if you don't have a Visa card, you can whistle. Visa credit and debit cards will also be the only method of payment accepted on chip-and-pin devices at the Games.
So, by the time the opening ceremony gets underway (another boob waiting to happen), all ATMs will be switched-off at the ExCel Centre, Earl’s Court, the O2 Arena (which will be called the North Greenwich Arena during the Olympics thanks to BT being a rival sponsor), Wembley Arena, Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon, Old Trafford, St James’s Park and the City of Coventry Stadium.
A spokesperson for Visa said: "Ninety-eight per cent of British cardholders will be able to purchase tickets and merchandise, use cards on-site to make purchases and withdraw money at on-site ATMs."
Ron Delnevo, director of the UK Payments Council, said the move was "plainly unacceptable," adding: "It seems that the ideals of the Olympics now take a back seat whenever they get in the way of needs of commercial sponsors."