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Monday
Jan222007

Only in Milwaukee: Polski ATM

Tonight I deposited a check in a local Milwaukee ATM, and saw something unusual:

polski-atm.jpg

Polski as an ATM option? I love it! :-)

Only in Milwaukee (and Poland)!

Reader Comments (9)

Wow, green phosphor... that ATM looks so 1980 with the CGA displays and all. In the area where I live most common languages for ATMs are english and german. Its great to read "Espanol" without the beloved � letter. :)
January 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos
NICE! Wilkamy de Milwakee!
January 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKyle Korleski
Here in Manchester there are Polish advertising posters everywhere, mostly banking ones. It's unusual to see, but nice to see that banks are making aneffort to market to specific communities properly.
January 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTrump
Carlos: yeah, several ATMs here are still very 80s!

Kyle, I bet you coudl actually navigate the UI in Polski! :-)

Trump, I agree I would guess there must be many Polish immigrants in that area who asked for the added language. I thought it was unusual and cool to see Polski on the menu.

FYI, Milwaukee has a long Polish immigrant heritage, but that was a long while ago � dunno if anyone still speaks Polish from that earlier wave, so my guess is there must be new immigrants here in the city, or else very old Polish bank customers. :-)
January 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Hey Mike! It's Mary! :)

First of all, that ATM is hilarious!

Secondly, we've been sort of computerless for a VERY long time! It's good to see you are still here! Drop a line!
January 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Thanks for the note Mary, and glad to hear you're back! :-)
January 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
That is teh awesum! Was it near Art's Altenburg's Concertina Bar? :)
January 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPete Prodoehl
Heh � I wouldn't be surprised if they had Polski as an option there Pete! :-)

It was technically in West Allis, on National near HWY 100 � Mid Amerca Bank (formerly St. Francis Bank).
January 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
The surprising part to me, seeing your ATM screen, was that I thought the order was wrong--the Polish should have been on top! That's how they are here--oh, and no Spanish! If we have a third language on an ATM (Bankomat) here, it's German, not Spanish. ;-)

Nice seeing that photo!

BTW, the previous name of the bank should give you a clue to the reason for the Polish. ;-)

-JonKrakow, Polska ;-)
January 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJon Glass

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