Friday, July 30, 1999


Bank of Hawaii photo.

Shiny ATMS replaced the
smile of friendly banktellers

Info BoxA fundamental change in money-handling occurred in the late 1970s with the introduction of Automated Teller Machines, or ATMs. A kind of robot cash-dispenser, it allowed banks to trim the ranks of tellers, the people who put a human face on a bank. On the other hand, ATMs allow customers to conduct transactions 24 hours a day, and make it unnecessary to carry large wads of cash. The loss of human contact, however, led customers to view banks as alike and interchangeable. Banks countered this trend by warm-and-fuzzy advertising campaigns that stress "family" and "yes" and other upbeat sloganeering. Here, entertainers at Polynesian Cultural Center use a Bank of Hawaii ATM in 1984.

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Give it a tumble

July 31 has been proclaimed "National Gymnastics Day" by USA Gymnastics and the Kokokahi Gymnastics Team is joining the celebration by hosting an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Kokokahi Gym in Kaneohe, 45-558 C Kamehameha Highway.

There will be exhibitions, free activities and door prizes. The celebration's goal is to introduce youngsters to the benefits of the sport, as a booster of physical health and self-esteem.

For more information, call 235-6866.

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