Krista and I have a bank account in Taiwan but it does not come with checks - everyone uses cash while few places accept a card. Utility companies do not seem to provide automatic withdrawal services (if they do English applications don't seem to be around). So what is a person to do each month when a new bill arrives?
|From Random Taichung|
Yes! We go to any nearby 7-11. Bills come with a bar code and the helpful person at the register scans in the bill, takes the perforated portion, applies an official looking stamp to our copy and hands us a receipt. We can even make other purchases to supplement the experience. But, if the bill is not paid on time (like a past water bill), 7-11 cannot help a delinquent. That time, a special trip was made to the water company office.
It seems as if only 7-11, out of the many chains of convenient stores, is privy to this service. As such, there are stores everywhere and a person can also buy train tickets, concert tickets, complete bank to bank transfers and walk out with a refreshing Slurpee.