London 2012 fans to be left without money thanks to Visa-only idiocy

London-2012London 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.

Terrific eh?

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."


  • Mike H.
    Hooray another fuck up. This whole event is put on for every country bar the UK, well unless you are a member of givenment and get a freebie (C*nts). Wait for it illegal immigrants and twats from Europe staying here will increase too. Hope it is a proper flop with Cameron and co do a belly flop and not surfacing from the diving pool.
  • Jeebus
    Bring on Al Qaeda and make the games truly memorable!
  • Mike H.
    I'm actually looking forward to the olympics, much like I look forward to having my balls squashed in a vice.
  • Mary H.
    The biggest fuck up was London actuyally wining the games, the 2nd was designing a logo which looks like Bart Simpson receiving a blow job from his sister. I think some graphic designer was unhappy with their boss that day.
  • Shaniaa
    ah nevah really understood the olympiacs, why the fuhc you want to watch ppl run around in circles?
  • Seymour H.
    Hello everyone, That logo is very splendid, I like the juxtaposition of the pink against the yellow, as a fellow Bitterwallet user pointed out it also appears to show the popular animated cartoon Lisa Simpson giving her brother, Bart Simpson, a blowjob. If you angle your head in the correct manner, you notice that the general outline of the logo also spells the word "shit". I feel the graphics designer who won the contract to design this logo laughed all the way to the bank, and the Olympic sponsors were simply too embarrassed to admit the flaws of the logo and continue using it like it is an awe inspiring piece of art. I would also like to add the following:- @Shaniaa, your spelling is atrocious, please consider taking a refresher course in English at your local college. I would also suggest you quit smoking as it is a filthy habit. Kind regards, Seymour Hardles
  • Annie H.
    F*cking whingers. "the opening ceremony gets underway (another boob waiting to happen)", well, that's a nice smack in the face for people who have given up their time - free of charge (including 800 NHS nurses, including me) to help make the games a success. Stop trying to be like an 80s Ben Elton and trying to look "alternative" by complaining. If you don't like it f*ck off to a different country.
  • Seymour H.
    Hello, Sorry about my Grammar in my above reply, I am currently caught up negotiating a contracts with a nice gentleman from Nigeria who is helping me collect some unclaimed property from a long lost uncle, So I did not have time to read it over and correct any grammatical errors. I am just going to pop down to my local Western Union as my partner requires me to send some money to clear some legal documents through to my lawyer. Kind regards, Seymour Hardles
  • Seymour H.
    I almost forgot, If you are interested in buying some land in Nigeria, Please do not hesitate to contact me. - Seymour Hardles
  • jaffacake
    I'm pretty sure it's technically impossible to have a cash machine that will accept visa but not mastercard. This story is based upon erroneous information :-(
  • Spencer
    I for one can't wait for the olympics. It will be a masterclass in everything that is british... Horrendously over priced, over marketed and advertised, over managed, under staffed, and nothing but pre-prepared statements explaining that the organisers are 'sorry' for whatever fuck-up... It will be an incredibly expensive ordeal that ends up being a bit disappointing... I can't wait
  • Brit
    ^ Yawn.
  • Spencer
    ^ funny
  • Jerod
    who doesnt have visa? its 2012 now not 1962 too many moaners on here
  • Sawyer
    @Jerod, Some banks issue Mastercard debit cards. My only Visa card is a credit card, which as I'm sure you know is bloody expensive way of withdrawing cash (although it will work fine at the chip and pin things).
  • Dogturd A.
    I don't have a MasterCard. But as I'm not going, I do not care. I do hope I can see the Olympic Fox bumming, live from Downton fucking Abbey. IPlayer at the ready.
  • mal
    olympics better to die
  • Pete
    @Annie Hartnell - lovely bedside manner you have there! I bet you treat NHS patients the same way, ie. "If you don’t like it f*ck off to a different country".

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