Kathy cashes out
After 36 years on the job, bank teller Kathy Tucker is retiring from the Childers NAB with plenty of fond memories:
IT WAS with mixed emotions that Kathy Tucker took her final walk through the doors of the NAB bank in Childers after 36 years as a teller.
“I always wanted to work something like this. I always wanted to stay local because back then you didn’t want to leave home,” she said.
The job was Kathy’s first after she left high school and now a marriage, house and two children later, she’s ready to retire.
“My job here is done,” she joked.
But her co-workers at the NAB bank in Childers said Kathy would be sorely missed by both the staff and customers.
Kathy said many of her customers had been banking with her since she started there.
“Yes, that’s most of my customers. There’s some that say, ‘Oh, when I first was working in the service station, you’ve been here ever since.’
“And the pubs. I’ve been here since the people in the pubs have been. They’ve probably been here less than I have but I’ve been with them the whole time,” she said.
“It’s not just a job, it’s my bank – it’s my bank and my customers. You sort of take ownership because you’ve had those customers for so long you like to treat them well.”
And as Kathy moves from behind the glass for a photo, she can barely make it out the door as customers stop for a chat with their favourite teller.
But despite the years of service, Kathy said banking did not run in her family. Her father was a cane farmer, her mother a stay-at-home mum and her three brothers all chose trades.
And it doesn’t look like the profession has been handed down to the next generation either, with her daughter graduating in pharmacy and her son doing a fitter and turner apprenticeship.
Kathy said she would leave NAB with many memories, especially those from the “old days”.
“I’ve seen a lot of staff come and go and a lot of changes come and go,” she said.
“In the old days, the bank manager could do everything. It didn’t matter whether you were a business or a person, he could just do everything.
Kathy said the systems were also dramatically different from when she first started.
“In the old days we had a real old-style ledger machine – it was a real ‘crackers bangers’ sort of thing,” she said.
“And everything was hand written, whereas nowadays it’s all on computers.”
Despite the changes, Kathy said the technology hadn’t been frustrating.
“I’ve just embraced it. That’s how things are, you’ve just got to move with them,” she said.
“The lack of being able to do things for customers – what you could do many years ago you can’t do now – that’s probably the thing that frustrates you the most.”
It’s a frustration she won’t have to worry about now. Not much, anyway.
“I’ll still do some temp work, just to keep my hand in,” she laughed.
But Kathy said she was looking forward to enjoying her retirement, catching up on housework, indulging in sleep-ins, doing some gardening and completing renovations on her Booyal home.
“Just waking up one day and not having to do anything,” she said.
JOB’S DONE: Kathy Tucker retires from the NAB bank.
Kathy Tucker has many fond memories of working at the NAB in Childers.