Yeppoon's Ron marks 35 years in banking
IF it hadn't been for phone call he received during an orientation day to become a park ranger in 1982, Ron Thompson may have ended up leading a completely different life.
The Commonwealth Yeppoon branch team member celebrated 35 years of working with the company on February 8, and told The Capricorn Coast Mirror of how he came to be in banking.
"I had done a bank exam some time before I applied to become a park ranger in Warwick, and thought nothing of it,” he smiled.
"I was standing beside my mate at the park ranger orientation when I got the call from the bank, and they offered me a job. So I said, 'see ya mate', and I was out of there,” he laughed.
Starting in the Warwick branch, Mr Thompson said he ended up in Kingaroy before moving to Rockhampton after his wife began studying midwifery.
It was about five years later Ron made the sea change to Yeppoon and hasn't looked back. "I think the best thing about it (my job) is the cross section of people you get to meet in the community, and making lifelong friendships with some of the customers,” he said.
Mr Thompson recalled the days before ATMs even existed.
"There was no such thing as an ATM, so if you wanted to go on a holiday you'd have to notify the bank of each town you were going to, to be able to get any cash out,” he laughed.
"I tell the staff about it now and they just laugh. I remember when old bank notes were no good so they'd turn it into confetti for weddings to shower the bride and groom with money.” When he's not helping customers, you'll find Mr Thompson either opal fossicking out west or making jewellery with his precious stones, ocean kayaking or hitting the gym.