Today we went on the search for some cash money in Writtle.
It was a search bound to be difficult, since it seems they do not have a good paying system here in England.
First we tried the coop, there is an ATM there, but putting our card in it would just result in the machine spitting out the card as fast as possible. Than we tried it at the counter and could pay with meastro and mastercard but we couldn't get extra cash money. So we went on and tried the post office nearby, they couldn't do it either and send us to the local Barkleys bank. We could redraw money there with our mastercard, luckily, cause finally we had some cash.
But it still doesn't help that the bank says you can pay with your maestro and especially your mastercard all over the world. Hell I could even use my mastercard in America than why not in England which is so much closer?
They don't even ask for your pincode, they just let you sign the receipt.
And was even stranger, they asked my student id at the bank :/ while they didn't ask my friend's.
This is all very strange, and I do recommend people that visit England to always have cash money, or to have a visa.