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What would you think if you walked into a wedding reception and saw an ATM at the front door?
Get used to the idea, because this type of kiosk - designed for those who want to give money to the bride and groom - may be coming soon to a wedding hall near you.
Israel's Gan Oranim is better known for hosting tech innovation competitions than weddings - until now. The Tel-Aviv landmark has become the first in the world to feature a credit card machine at the entrance to a wedding reception, allowing guests to shower shekels on the bride and groom. Aya Alon Kaufman, spokeswoman for the hall, explained, "It's very convenient... Guests can give a gift even if they forget their chequebooks."
The experience is akin to using an ATM: each guest types in their PIN and an amount, which is transferred to the couple's account the next day. Okay, a regular ATM could do that, but this Marital Mitzvah MachineTM ("mitzvah" is a good deed) goes a step further: it provides guests with a receipt of sorts, confirming the gift-giver's name and amount. Guests sign the receipt and place it into an envelope along with their mazel tov ("good fortune") wishes, then deposit it into a specially designed slot for the couple to read later.
The machine, shown being used in the television report, prints out a "deposit" slip with the guest's name, which can be put into an envelope along with a congratulatory note and inserted into a slot in the device for the couple to retrieve.