It can’t be much more then ten years ago that there were no cash machines at all in Abbey Wood and now there are seven within 100 metres of the station.
For reasons unknown the one outside Nim Bhadare’s taxi office (Station Cars, 18 Wilton Road, 020 8311 1199) refuses to give me any money.
I’ve tried three times now and I can hear what sounds like the counting of notes, but no money issues forth. However to the best of my knowledge no one has ever taken revenge by nicking the whole damned thing!
In Lower Belvedere they are less tolerant. When I arrived at the Asda store yesterday with less than a pound in my pocket all three machines were covered and a plastic barricade prevented access. The police van wasn’t there.
As I left the store, wondering if the ATM service might have been withdrawn, I asked the security man what was happening to the cash machines. He said they had been stolen “again”.
By then the police were in evidence, making the answer to my question rather more obvious.