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Tel Aviv, Israel - Wedding Halls to Rent ATM Machine to Leave Presents

Published on: July 11, 2008 12:43 PM
By: Reuters
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Tel Aviv, Israel - Guests at an Israeli wedding hall can now insert a credit card into a machine at its entrance, tap in a sum and leave a gift for the bride and groom.

“It’s new in Israel and the world,” Aya Alon Kaufman of the Gan Oranim hall in Tel Aviv said. “It’s very convenient ... guests can give a gift even if they forget their chequebooks.”

She said couples pay $155 to rent the device, which resembles an automated teller machine, and the recorded funds are transferred into their bank account the next day.

The machine prints out a “deposit” slip with the guest’s name, which can be put into an envelope along with a congratulatory note and inserted into a slot in the device for the couple to retrieve.

Rather than bring boxed gifts, guests at Israeli weddings usually leave cash or cheques in envelopes they slip into a safe placed at the reception hall’s door.

 



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 Jul 11, 2008 at 01:05 PM kozy845 Says:

Woah, Tacky

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 Jul 11, 2008 at 01:34 PM Wolfish Musings Says:

While I can't see how this is fundamentally different than handing the couple a check (which is socially acceptable), this new "pay ATM" just strikes me as crass and classless.

The Wolf

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 Jul 11, 2008 at 02:41 PM Shloimy Says:

Where can I get a machine like that to put outside my house?

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 Jul 11, 2008 at 02:43 PM Anonymous Says:

LIKE SCHOOL ON SUNDAY!!

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 Jul 11, 2008 at 03:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Cash is King, no excuses

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 Jul 11, 2008 at 03:37 PM ABOTT Says:

I REALLY THINK THAT THE THE CHOSSON & KALLAH PLACED THE MACHINE IN WEDDING HALL TO MAKE SURE EVRYBODY GIVES A PRESENT.

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 Jul 11, 2008 at 03:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Does the machine also do Thank you cards?
$100+ - thank you for your gift
$180+ - thank you for your most generous gift
etc

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 Jul 11, 2008 at 04:37 PM yossi Says:

The idea isn t new.
In the ucrainean shul mentioned in the next article they have an ATM machine instead of a Tzedaka box. You choose the ammount and where you want your donation applied to, poor people, maintenence of the shul, school , talmud torah, rabbi salary etc., touch the screen and instantly its transfered from your account to the designated tzedaka account!
Moshiachs tzaiten!!

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 Jul 11, 2008 at 05:15 PM misnagaid hatzaddik Says:

Soon the schnorrers collecting will also take credit cards,and in the shul entrance there will be ATM so you can get money for the pushke. Ah,modern times! Now there will be different hechsheirim for the various credit card machines.

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 Jul 13, 2008 at 05:01 AM Anonymous Says:

This is wonderful news.


Now we can talk to go-d in shul, talk to our friends, talk on the cell phone, use the ATM all while davening. How about a shtikel herring mit crackers too?

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 Jul 13, 2008 at 10:12 AM Enough Says:

Never should you use these ATM's. Oftentimes they are rigged by unscrupulous characters who get hold of your PIN #.

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