Sen. Ben Nelson Has Never Used an ATM Machine in His Entire Life

May 20, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-If you have often thought that our nation’s highest lawmaking body is populated with elderly out of touch individuals. You would be right. Meet Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE). He admitted this week that he has never used an ATM machine, not ever. And why is this important? Because the Senate, led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has been trying to pass an amendment to the financial reform bill to protect consumers from onerous ATM bank fees.

Sen. Harkin called the practice of charging customers up to $5.00 to withdraw their own money “legal thievery.” But some lawmakers, such as Sen. Nelson don’t really get why Harkin is on such a tear about the issue, because he doesn’t have the “skills” to use one of those new fangled ATM machines, according to the Omaha World Herald:

“I’ve never used an ATM, so I don’t know what the fees are,” Nelson said, adding that he gets his cash from bank tellers, just not automatic ones. “It’s true, I don’t know how to use one. But I could learn how to do it just like I’ve . . . I swipe to get my own gas, buy groceries. I know about the holograms. By “holograms,” Nelson clarified that he meant the bar codes on products read by automatic scanners in the checkout lanes at stores such as Lowe’s and Menard’s. I go and get my own seating assignment on an airplane,” Nelson said. “I mean, I’m not without some skills. I just haven’t had the need to use an ATM.”

Harkin noted that he uses an ATM machine frequently to take out cash. Maybe he needs to hold lessons for his less technically savvy colleagues, so they can experience firsthand, the privilege of paying $3.00 to withdraw $20.

Just a thought.

h/t Daily Kos


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