1. You run out of credit in the middle of your life-or-death phone call.
And every kiosko within a 10-kilometer radius of Microcentro is either a) not equipped to add minutes to your cell phone or b) usually able to do so, but the machine is inexplicably down.
2. Every single ATM is out of cash.
You’re fresh out of bills and not a single establishment will take your card. You run to four cajeros in the vicinity, but every single one of them has run out of cash to dispense. You start taking it personally when the fifth one at Banco de la Nacion informs you in its haughty, virtual tongue that it’s so sorry, but just doesn’t seem to have any money at this time. Saucy minx.