Bureau de Change is needed after visitor is left unamused
I HAD one very unhappy visitor to our town call into me recently.
Nora Schmidt is a writer from Alberta and she was in Ireland for a holiday. She was based in Dublin and headed over the border for some sightseeing before arriving in Drogheda to see the delights of the town. But she wasn’t delighted. She came into our office totally frustrated as she wasn’t allowed to change her Sterling into Euro.
‘I went to three banks and they said they wouldn’t change the money for me because I didn’t have a bank account with them. I then went to the post office and they said they couldn’t change it either because the banks wouldn’t allow them. It was crazy,’ Nora stated.
‘Why is Drogheda such an unfriendly tourist town,’ she then commented.
In the end, she headed out of town, so disgusted was she with the system.
It got me thinking. What about some enterprising individuals setting up independent Bureau de Change facilities in town. There is one in Dundalk and Swords.
I can understand that banks have issues with regulations concerning money laundering, but there’s a time for common sense as well.