The ‘Western Union Money Transfer’ boasts instant money transfer to any part of the world. The idea is simple but the convenience is huge, especially for the people in kerala who have at least one person in their family in the Gulf.
Now my uncle (in the gulf) wanted to transfer 20k to his family here. Now that I am around, he asked me to collect it. I went to the nearest Western Union branch with my PAN card as identity when they said that they have already closed their counter. It was 4:15PM.
I hurried to the next one. They were open but then they did not have that kinda money.
I ran to the next one. They did not have enough money to give me.
Exhausted and irritated, I went home empty handed.
The next day I tried a few other branches. I was surprised at the number of branches at the small town like kottayam. But they did not have either.
Finally I approached another branch swearing that this will be the last one I am going to visit. I went in asking “DO YOU HAVE MONEY?”
They were like “??? uh?”
They had money. At last.
If Western Union folks are reading this. Please… please ask your branches to store some money with them. Else the purpose of sending money is void when there is no money at your branches.
All said, I am still surprised at the number of branches in Kerala.