Money gone

Pictures of the border line by Kinsee Morlan

So, I withdrew $40 from an ATM in Tijuana yesterday and when I woke up this morning to check my account, I found that $200 had been withdrawn from my account from the same ATM minutes later. I walked away from that ATM with two twenties, not 12 twenties. In other words, I got jacked. Damn.

I’ve heard of this type of thing happening to people in foreign countries, but I’ve been going to this ATM consistently for the past year. I trusted it, it was my buddy — the only ATM in Tijuana that gave me American dollars rather than pesos. I loved that ATM, but it let me down. It more than let me down, it took my money, put me over my credit limit and made my bank charge me an extra $120 in overdraft fees. Damn, damn, damn.

It wouldn’t have been such a huge deal, but you see, not only do I live on the border line, I live on the financial crisis line. I’m sinking into the quicksand of debt so fast I can hardly breathe. My nostrils and eyeballs are still above ground, but it’s only a matter of time before I get pulled all the way under. What happens to people who can no longer pay their bills?


About Kinsee Morlan

Arts and web editor at San Diego CityBeat. Interested in art and the Tijuana/San Diego border.
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2 Responses to Money gone

  1. Josh says:

    This happened to my stepbrother in Tijuana, but somehow, they also got his credit card and swapped it with another. He went over everything in his head, and doesn’t know how that possibly happened.

    But, if you need to borrow money, give me a call. Of course, my interest rates are high. And if you don’t pay back on time, Guido will come and pay your knee caps a visit.

    Josh B

  2. d.a. says:

    I have had good luck with the ATMs inside of the Banamex & big supermercados. I don’t know if they’re more reliable than the one you’re using. maybe i’ve just had good mexico juju.

    as for what you can do when you can’t pay your bills, i agree with Josh–you borrow from friends. you, kinsee have a lot of friendship capital.
    if you ever need help, don’t hesitate to ask me. i trust you to pay me back someday when you’re rolling in it.

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