The picture above shows not my card but a mock card whose middle strip slides out and lo, it’s a USB drive. I never used it because I would feel like an idiot, inserting a card into a PC (and perhaps expecting an electronic payment will take place).
My actual renewed card arrived by post today. In an unregistered, uninsured envelope. My bank makes no fuss. I appreciated that I didn’t have to confront the permanently aggressive-aggressive (that’s an upgrade of passive-aggressive) postman to get my card. The card requires authorised activation before it can be used anyway, so I assume the bank assumes it safe enough.
I always get mildly confused when I get an unmarked letter from Poland (it’s unmarked possibly for the sake of discretion, you know, like the package when you order sex toys online, which I never did, hence I have no idea what I’m talking about). Poland is the headquarters of my bank company. Their letters are in Czech, so are the services offered, but correspondence is dispatched from Poland for the sake of general confusion.
I activated my card (during the process of which I decided I absolutely hate its design, which involves a dolphin—why?) and tested whether it works alright. It does. And that’s how it happened that I ordered a new pair of shoes and paid online on checkout. (It wasn’t really that random, but poetic licence.)