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|Former Seller: c3shooter(35-0-0)||Post#1 - Posted: 03/16/2009 at 17:45:21|
|To match the sign at McDonald's that says Braille menus available on request. It is a nice thought- but if you need a Braille menu, you sure are not reading the sign....|
|Seller: RobW(111-0-0)||Post#2 - Posted: 03/16/2009 at 19:34:50|
|(no avatar)||Probably because keyboards are mass-produced and there's no gain in making 'Braille-less' models just for drive-thru ATMs. Seems like we have enough people who drive like they're blind anyway.|
|Former Seller: Nevada Fatboy(56-0-0)||Post#3 - Posted: 03/16/2009 at 20:40:36|
|Seller: jessmoon(96-0-0)||Post#4 - Posted: 03/17/2009 at 06:02:38|
|RobW is correct. It is because there are alot of blind drivers out there who also use their cell phones at the same time.|
|Buyer: AlanJunior(13-0-0)||Post#5 - Posted: 03/17/2009 at 18:11:12|
|(no avatar)||Like RobW says, because all ATMs have Braille keyboards. And a hearty thanks to everyone for not saying "ATM machine."|
|Seller: Elitist(113-0-0)||Post#6 - Posted: 03/17/2009 at 18:21:55|
|The real reason is because the government mandates "disabled access" at all public facilities and they don't think very hard--they don't think at all--about the absurdities that may result from such sweeping rules.
I used to work at OSHA in the mid-70's, and at that time they were contemplating imposing a regulation on agricultural workplaces that mandated that "no agricultural worker shall be more than five minutes from a toilet," but were nice enough to include portable potties in the definition of "toilet." All very well and good, but the definition of "agricultural worker" included stockmen and wranglers on places like the King Ranch, who often live in the field for a week at a time on a round-up. The so-called "Prairie Privy Standard" as originally written would have required places like that (the King Ranch is about the size of the state of Rhode Island) to have porta-potties distributed across it, with ten minutes' walking time between any two! It was obvious that this "standard" had been written by some chair-warmer in DC who'd never been more than 40 feet from a toilet in his or her life and literally couldn't conceive of a job in which pooping on the ground was considered NORMAL and necessary.
Anyone who has ever worked for the Federal government (and anyone who's ever attended a Congressional hearing on any subject) is aware of the stupendous number of mediocrities who are running the country, in both elected and Civil Service positions. You could walk through the corridors of any government building and fire every third person you met, at random, and everything that truly needed to get done would get done. The rest of what is done is just digging holes and filling them up again. I know: I spent 3 years in Civil Service in two regulatory agencies, turned down a promotion in a third, and left in disgust because of the phenomenal inefficiency and sheer waste of time working for the government represents. I'm still a civil servant of sorts: but I work for a state government that's effective, fiscally responsible, and efficient.
Aside from the fact that the US government is in general run by people who can't get a job doing something else, the biggest problem with it is that there is just too damned much of it.
|Seller: RobW(111-0-0)||Post#7 - Posted: 03/17/2009 at 19:41:34|
|(no avatar)||Elitist is right as usual. In the village of Woodstock, VT, the courthouse has been declared to be an historic building. However, the courtrooms are on the second floor, so an elevator must be installed to meet accesability standards. This would require a major alteration in the structure of the building, which is not allowed because it's historic. I know what I would do, but they won't listen to someone without the right letters after their name.|
|Seller: Hagrid(35-0-0)||Post#8 - Posted: 03/18/2009 at 05:53:04|
|I'm a former Vermonter and there was talk awhile back that made sense to me. It was leave the building alone and move the courtroom to a more accessable place. But then again, that makes to much sense to a bureaucrat Trapper|
|Seller: Elitist(113-0-0)||Post#9 - Posted: 03/18/2009 at 08:44:12|
|The best "idea" I ever heard with respect to handicapped access was the proposal to add an elevator to every subway station in the NY City system (which was built between 1904 and 1945) at a cost of TWO BILLION DOLLARS to allow people in wheelchairs to use the trains. All well and good, but...for that kind of money they could have provided every single person in NY City who used a wheelchair with a personal van and driver for life and got change back...I don't know what the upshot of that one was. I left NY City in my late teens, and although it was a great place to grow up in the 50's and 60's, there isn't enough money in the world to get me to live there again. Not even if they threw in a 5th Avenue penthouse and Catherine Zeta-Jones.|
|Former Seller: c3shooter(35-0-0)||Post#10 - Posted: 03/18/2009 at 11:18:30|
|Elistist- you are absolutely correct. BTW, I have just noticed that there is NO WAY that I can fit a wheelchair into an M-1 Abrams tank, or the cockpit of an F-15. By George (who IS that George, anyway?) I'm gonna whip off a letter to my Congressman- just as soon as I find my whip. I forget who said "Thank God we don't get all the government we pay for"- but I DO recall when the US Gubbmint was first setting up the Armed Flight Deck Officer program (licenses and trains commercial pilots to permit them to carry a sidearm in the cockpit) Seems they wanted to screen out people with an overly aggressive personality- so on the screening test, there was a question that IF you answered YES, you would be disqualified. The question was: yes or no- "I would like to fly jet fighters." Problem, of course, was the folks designing the tests did not look at where a good number of commercial pilots came from- and in some cases, what they still did on weekends for the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard.|