I miss the days when ATM's can give you $5 and $10. I guess that's my impossible request
The ones around my area will give you $1s, $5s, $10s & $20s!
I always request $35 or $55 from ATMs, and it usually works out for me. Sometimes the self-checkouts at grocery stores won't let me pick that combo, they're request cashback in any combo of $20s.
I feel for the gentleman, thinking of all the reasons he didn't want to take more money out of his account, but the purchase/cashback option is always what I suggested when I worked at a grocery store (without any ATM!). Most people picked up 99 cent gum and got their money.
About an hour after this guy leaves a lady comes in for a home equity loan for a house she is renting. It took the loan officer about 30 minutes to finally get this lady to understand you must own the home in order to qualify for a home equity loan.
She did not believe him and left in a huff.
This is just gold. There is a string of stories on Not Always Right with the shared title "And This Is Why We're In A Recession." I think this qualifies!