SINGAPORE - DBS Bank and POSB customers were able to get their hands on new and good-as-new notes from 10 selected community clubs around Singapore from Monday.
For the coming festive season, the bank has installed 29 pop-up ATM machines at 10 community clubs, namely, Bukit Batok, Chong Pang, Henderson, Kreta Ayer, Kampong Chai Chee, Mountbatten, Toa Payoh West, Yew Tee, Yuhua and Teck Ghee.
These temporary cash withdrawal machines will dispense new $10 and $50 notes as well as good-as-new $2 notes to customers for their Chinese New Year hong baos.
Among the earliest users was Mr Koh Yih Ming, 38.
"It is convenient to withdraw cash here," said Mr Koh who was at an ATM at Lorong 2, Toa Payoh at 9am.
"Every year during the Chinese New Year period, there are long queues at the banks to get new notes., But with the pop-up ATMs, there's no need to wait," added Mr Koh who is self-employed.
Other than those at Chong Pang, Kampong Chai Chee, Teck Ghee and Toa Payoh West, which are available from 9am to 10pm daily, the ATMs at the other six community clubs will operate round-the-clock.
The pop-up ATMs will be moved to other locations after Chinese New Year, but could see a return if the response is good.
Retiree Vincent Lim, 64, who was also at the same machine, said: "It is good that there's an alternative, especially for working professionals who might not be able to make trips to the banks during office hours."