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What do Poles do when they need Cash urgently (small sums)?


NewtoKrk 1 | -
21 Dec 2020 #1
Hi Guys, In some of the countries I visited, the grocery store or the supermarkets, gas stations , they have an option to give loose cash while purchasing stuff, (its like while paying the bill, they ask do you need any cash and they add that to overall bill ) so that we need not visit to ATMs explicitly for that, do any stores in Poland also have this practice , Zabkas ? Beidronkas ?
Looker - | 1,091
21 Dec 2020 #2
Sure, just ask up-front for such possibility.
Probably every card terminal has such a function, but maybe not every cashier is familiar with it.
pawian 176 | 15,311
21 Dec 2020 #3
Wow, really? I had no idea one can do such a thing.
Looker - | 1,091
22 Dec 2020 #4
When you pay with a card, tell to cashier: "Proszę z wypłatą gotówki" and give the amount of the cash you'd need (up to 300PLN)

eservice.pl/produkty-i-uslugi/akceptacja-kart-platniczych/cashback/
delphiandomine 88 | 18,475
22 Dec 2020 #5
Wow, really? I had no idea one can do such a thing.

Żabka does it - zabka.pl/wygodne-uslugi/wyplacaj-gotowke

You have to buy something (but it can be the cheapest thing in the shop), and with Visa, you can take up to 300zł. Mastercard - 500zł.

It's very useful when you need small amounts for something, like 10zł for a ticket machine. What's also nice is that it's charged as a purchase, not as a cash withdrawal.
Atch 16 | 3,295
22 Dec 2020 #6
Wow, really? I had no idea one can do such a thing.

We have it in all major shopping chains in Ireland, department stores, supermarkets etc. The cashier will ask you when you're paying for something, 'would you like 'cash back'. As I've never been asked that here, I assumed you didn't have that facility. We learn something new every day:)
pawian 176 | 15,311
22 Dec 2020 #7
We learn something new every day:)

Yes, exactly.
I never needed such cash and I seldom use ATMs - once, twice a year, during summer holidays..
delphiandomine 88 | 18,475
22 Dec 2020 #8
Likewise. I actually think this is where Poland is fantastic, because you can just make a transfer via Blik to someone if you don't have cash. And then there's the way that almost every shop these days will take cards, so there's really no reason at all to carry cash. Usually, the only time I have cash on me is when going abroad!
mafketis 25 | 9,314
22 Dec 2020 #9
you can take up to 300zł. Mastercard - 500zł.

I think I've seen a person or two do that, but what Żabka has 300 or 500 in cash lying around?
Atch 16 | 3,295
22 Dec 2020 #10
there's really no reason at all to carry cash.

I like to buy bits and pieces from street vendors or at the targi so I always have a few bob in cash on me :)
cms neuf - | 1,579
22 Dec 2020 #11
I'm always carrying a bit - car parks, tips, panhandlers etc
pawian 176 | 15,311
22 Dec 2020 #12
I'm always carrying a bit

Do you mean you are irritated by it?
delphiandomine 88 | 18,475
22 Dec 2020 #13
I think I've seen a person or two do that, but what Żabka has 300 or 500 in cash lying around?

Don't tempt me into finding out, Maf ;)
cms neuf - | 1,579
22 Dec 2020 #14
No - I don't mind having cash. At the moment lots of cars terminals are overloaded and breaking down so it's useful to have some notes
Cargo pants 2 | 1,099
26 Dec 2020 #15
what Żabka has 300 or 500 in cash lying around?

ALL of them,I know you will be surprised that no franchisee will make even 7k netto a month if they dont have 4/5k a day in sales,lots of them do over 15k a day.Similarly in USA no 7/11 franchisee makes money until they do 1.1 or 1.2 mil a year most though are over 1.5 mil a year in sales without alcohol,in states with alcohol they can do over 3 mil a year.


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