Discussion in 'OT Graveyard' started by Lazaredz, Nov 28, 2006.
Blind people and cash
I understand the problem, but to change the money system in the U.S would cost over a billion dollars. If dollar size is changed then bank and atm machines will need bigger slots and new parts, even store cash regesters will need redoing.
Blind people don't constitute a significant enough percentage of the population to even consider such a radical and expensive change. .6% are legally blind, that’s 6/10th of 1 percent. If you were to pander to Elvis impersonators you would likely impact a larger group of people...
Thats what credit cards are for
I don't think they would ever change the size of money, that'd end up costing WAAAAAYY too mucch, but maybe they can just put a few bumps at the end of the bill, but as MSP said, it's too small of a percentage for us to see any change. Oohh, bad joke.
Oh, and the real reason I responded is because of Justin's avatar. I can't stand Carlos Mencia. I can't even begin to describe how unfunny and obnoxious his "comedy" is to me. It's probably the whole hispanic twist he puts on everything, or how he trys to be controversial. I could rant forever about his crap, but...
Ok, back on track... Wouldn't it be pretty rare to have a blind person by themself in a store? I mean, they don't drive or anything, so there'd have to be somebody with them who could take care of that for them. Unless they walked to the store with a seeing eye dog. Maybe they can teach the dog how to differentiate between the bills.
Now, do I think it's a good idea to keep blind people in mind when designing future systems? Absolutely. I just think that an overnight, radical, and expensive retrofit is ridiculous. I'm sure that some other system could be devised to help them pay for items without affecting the entire stock of circulating cash and the equipment that handles it.
seconded. like an unfunny dave chappel rip-off.
anyway why not some bumps?
Our canadian currency has brail on two corners of the bill so the blind know what the fuck they're pulling out of their wallet. They may only be a small percent, but it shows that the country cares about everyone and not just the majority.
My grandma is legally blind and if it were not for people helping her or a kind cash register i have see her argue that she gave a $5 bill when it was a $20
Bills in Sweden have a strip of foil baked into the bill in varying thicknesses depending on the denomination. Its a pretty clever solution, even I can tell whats what with my eyes closed
Yep, my great aunt and uncle were both blind and your right, trust in others, extreme order and rigidity in their lives got them through. Oddly enough they both worked full time jobs for the state in Hartford CT. He was a lawyer! the term "blind justice" was no joke in his house.
Magnetic strips....oh, wait a minute, they already have those. Then a simple strip reader would solve the problem,. No changing currency at all, no altering registers or ATM's. Just provide a five buck reader to the .6% that need it.
why do we need paper cash anyway now adays? it's not even really worth something. we should all be using e-cash. just imagine...no exchange rates. wait that would screw businesses over who make inferior products for pennies a day. and lets not mention national debt.
eh it was a good idea anyway.
jesus i thought i was the only one thinking that
ya or even a handheld bill reader thingy that reads the numbers on the corners would work
fuck changing money for special interest groups, never understood why everyone gets so up in arms about minority rights at the expense of the majority
fuck that shit
yeah^^^Especially when there's a real easy workaround that's pretty damned inexpensive.^^^
Bout friggen time. I'm only colorblind, but having all the bills the same would be bullshit for the blind.
I agree with Brent on that.....
But they didn't say that they had to change the size of the money - just that they have to design a feature that allowed blind people to know what they are holding...the brail thingy with bumps is a great idea.....and the size of currency and no ATM parts would need to be changed..... I don't think.....
But if they HAVE to go with different sized currency then it will cost allot of money to change and upgrade the stuff needed to handle it - but it might also create jobs for some.....and other stuff..... maybe even an advancement on technology may develope because of it......you never know - it doesn't ALWAYS have to be bad.....
Well the brail works well with our bills becuase most of the bill is made from plastic fibers and the rest paper. This gives it better durability and most importantly, keeps the brail raised on the bill itself for a long long time.
well, BrentN got a very good point in this thread. It's easy to implement.
Though I'm with MSP about the fact that retrofitting is retarded. But when bills are updated, usually one by one, they can add the feature.
The only change i found in edmonton was that they had to put new stickers on change machines to tell people they could use the new bills. No altering parts there