In June I took a trip to England (it was fabulous, thanks for asking!). I had ordered an Oyster card (public transit) through the mail preloaded with 20 pounds. It worked beautifully the first day and got me into London and for a few bus rides. The next day no dice, nothing, do not pass go. The ticket office man told me it still had 15.20 on it but was inactivated and gave me a number to call and sold me a new oyster card which worked fine for the rest of the trip.
I had called the number, was given another number, then an email, blah blah blah. Eventually, weeks after my return to America, I received a check for 15.20. Fifteen pounds, twenty pence.
My bank won’t take it. The Travelex money exchange place at the airport won’t take it. It’s an HSBC check. The nearest HSBC is 4 hours away. They’ve told me by phone they won’t take it if I mail it, endorsed, to a friend that lives near an HSBC.
Any ideas? Besides accepting that $23.8564 isn’t all that much money in the grand scheme of things. Or worth going to very much more trouble for.