Yet the very convenience of cash machines can be a problem, especially when a customer nips to the nearest cashpoint and finds themselves charged for taking their own money out of their own account.
She said he went down to the nearby Greenbridge shopping centre to the check his balance at the cashpoint and then went for a drink in one of the bars there, where he consumed an unknown amount of alcohol.
The night before, his credit card was used at a cashpoint at an Asda supermarket in Bradford Road, Huddersfield, where £350 was withdrawn from his account.
The 26-year-old uniformed Securicor guard was at the centre to fill an cashpoint and was jumped on in an open air car park by two men at 10.30 pm on Friday.
Journalists besieged cashpoints and coffee shops to see if consumers would take to the euro.
Customers were still able to use cashpoints on the outside of the building until about 11 am when the surrounding area was cordoned off.
People were queuing up at cashpoints to get money for taxis.
Some time later Bails came back empty handed - none of the cashpoints were working either.
Two of the other bank cashpoints in the High Street were stuffed with cardboard to put them out of action, forcing customers to use the machine outside Barclays, which had been rigged.
If you don't like taking loads of money, use travellers cheques, or in most countries you can withdraw through cashpoints with your credit card!