Money Center Express Kiosks Broken & Turned Off
Over the past few weeks there have been a number of good deals which have resulted in me making a lot of trips to Walmart. When visiting Walmart, I prefer to do my business at the Money Center Express kiosks. What can I say? It has the right amount of human interaction for me! 😉
The past few days I have set out to my local Walmart to take care of business only to find my beloved kiosk turned off. There is no out of order sign. The thing is just unplugged.
Kiosks Down All Over Town
Today I checked again to see if my beloved Kate (a nickname for the kiosk) once again had power, but alas it was still dark. So during the course of the day as I was taking care of other business, I went to four other Walmart locations and found that each and everyone kiosk was either broken or turned off.
The troubling thing is that three of these kiosks have been rock solid for over two years. I have used them many many times and never seen them turned off or out of order. It seems to me that something may be up.
When Vanilla gift cards stopped working at Walmart, many people thought it was the beginning of the end. Fortunately all other gift cards have continued to work, but maybe Walmart is planning to start cracking down or perhaps these machines are just junk.
A Ray Of Hope
After failing at five locations, I did find one Walmart which still has a working kiosk. Perhaps the string of unplugged and broken kiosks is simply a coincidence, or maybe Walmart is planning to make some changes. We do know the machines have been unreliable in general, so perhaps they are being upgraded or replaced.
The main reason I am posting this is to see if anyone else has encountered anything similar. I simply don’t believe it is a coincidence that three rock solid kiosks and two others are simply on the fritz, especially since my two favorite kiosks are simply unplugged. (How crazy is it that I have favorite kiosks?)
Let me know in the comments if you too are having Money Center Express blues. I sincerely hope it is nothing, but we shall see.