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ATMs for gold

Great metaphor for the times:

Automatic teller machines (ATMs) — 500 of them — dispensing pieces of gold will be available around Germany, Switzerland and Austria by the end of this year. ...

Thomas Geissler, []'s chief executive, said the gold ATMs might even improve relations between the sexes.

“I have yet to meet a woman who does not like a gift of gold. It’s better than flowers. Flowers are more expensive. They wilt and you (as a man) don’t get as many points at home as if you bring gold,” he said.

Savvy marketing, there, Thomas! But here's the kicker:

A prototype ATM on display for a one-day marketing test at the main railway station in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, did indeed reward your correspondent with a 1-gramme (0.0353 ounce) piece of gold.

It cost the equivalent of $42.25 — a 30 percent premium over the spot market price.

It's all about the fees, baby!

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Submitted by Aeryl on

“I have yet to meet a woman who does not like a gift of gold.

I just have to say that either he hasn't met many women, or is only looking to meet women in a few places, therefore not expanding his definition of "woman".

Perhaps, in his world, "likes presents of gold"=woman, instead of say, things like biological indicators.

Still, he is revealing very sad things about himself.