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I have just been browsing around the different sites. Seems like the message of preparation for a week or two is being touted in countries like Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and of course, the good old USA.
People are being told to request up-to-date bank statements, credit card statements, etc. as close to the end of the year as possible. Also people should keep their gas tanks filled up.
Can you imagine what is going to happen when in December everyone makes requests for all these statements at the same time. Also can you envisage the gas lines of people tanking up a day or two before December 31, 1999, or worse still on the final day of countdown December 31, itself.
I apologise if there has already been a thread in relation to this.
Was just something that occurred to me.
Also, people are being encouraged to have extra money on hand. People are BEING encouraged to have extra money on hand. I remember reading somewhere that if a certain percentage just took out $500.00 each that the banking industry would be in trouble. It would seem to me that there's going to be a lot of people taking out more than $500.00.
-- Carol (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 28, 1999
Dont those wacky people at the Red Cross/FEMA know that they may cause bank runs and shortages? How dare they encourage people to prepare! What alarmists! What fruitcakes!
Carol, I can imagine what may happen if.... that is one reason I am not waiting ... until later this year... to see what happens... as some poster on another thread earlier suggested. I dont like long lines. Reminds me of the traffic jams when I used to live in Chicago.
-- Sue (email@example.com), January 28, 1999.
And can you imagine what would happen if half the people on this planet were prepared to endure moderate disruptions well before the rollover and the other half had compassionate, prepared neighbors? Just a thought.
-- Arnie Rimmer (Arnie_Rimmer@usa.net), January 28, 1999.