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Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 27th Oct '07 10:35 PM


When I enter my bank card into the ATM machine, it remembers my name, my account number, whether my PIN is correct or incorrect, whether the card I'm using is for my checking account or savings account, whether I'm using a credit card or not, and how much money I have available.

So why can't it remember, after using it and punching in the same information 3,000 times, THAT I SPEAK %@#$ing ENGLISH???????

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 27th Oct '07 10:43 PM

Maybe it's a trick question !!!!
Punch in the other language(s) and see what happens....
Maybe a hand pops out and hits you upside the head!!!!

Oldcougar  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 27th Oct '07 10:46 PM

What choices do you get, we get English or French. It amuses me that they ask the question in English. I'm with you, Lodi

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 27th Oct '07 11:14 PM

English & Spanish

Ducttape  (Level: 199.5 - Posts: 159)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 12:04 AM

รจ una cosa politicamente corretta. come colpire leggermente di braille sulla spinta attraverso la macchina

Kaufman  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 12:07 AM

After a while our bank changed its ATM software. Now every screen appears with text in both English and Spanish.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 12:34 AM

Thank you, Ducttape, for bringing that up. Why would you put instructions in Braille at a drive-through ATM?

Maggie7556  (Level: 228.0 - Posts: 268)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 12:46 AM

Better yet, why is it when I go out with my friend who is blind, do people treat him as if he was brain damaged or unable to hear?? I can excuse machines better than I can excuse people.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 12:53 AM

Of, if your friend is deaf (which is what happened in my case) they start very slowly and very loudly thinking he'll understand that. (a head scratcher)

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 12:54 AM

oops. Meant to say start "talking" very slowly and loudly...

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 2:13 AM

I thought it was considerate to speak slowly and louder
to people who are going,or have gone deaf.... That
includes my mother - and I thought the sounds get jumbled
if you talk fast, or too softly????
What is the best way to speak????

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 2:36 AM

Another one Pepper.... a blind person can get a ride to the ATM
but they may be reluctant to give their card and PIN number
to another person.
Convenience is convenient for all of us....

Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 5:57 AM

The atm's in Atlanta for my bank also ask if I speak Chinese.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 6:25 AM

What I "enjoy" are the drive thru ATMS that have Braille key pads. Whose driving thru blind? And why isn't the screen in braille, too?

Achad  (Level: 212.1 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 7:11 AM

Here in the UK some ATM's offer English, French, Spanish & German, as well as the choice between withdrawing Sterling or Euro & whether one wants to top-up a mobile phone account. All that & I just want my beer tokens!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 11:03 AM

(sorry to stray off the topic.)
Statistically, I've been told that a deaf person only gets 50 percent of what a person says to him through lipreading. It can cause problems if you misunderstand 50 percent of what is being said (i.e. lipreading someone talking slowly).
If you've lost all hearing, talking louder will do no good.
In my opinion, sign language (plus picking up cues in lipreading) is the best method for a deaf person to communicate with a hearing person. (course that means the hearing person has to know sign language and can "interpret" what is being signed.)

(I am making a distinction here between hard of hearing and profoundly deaf.)

Regarding braille at the keypad on a drive through: I don't know any blind person who drives. And going to your point of a blind person not wanting to hand their card to someone else, I'm assuming they'd prefer to go to a walk-up and not a drive-through, which was supposed to be my point (without this unfortunately long ramble, I've just done.)

Sun, 28th Oct '07 12:54 PM

Arrgghhhhh!!!! That is one of those things that put me in Michael Douglas' "Falling Down" mode!

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 1:00 PM

And another pet peeve of mine, since we're talking about hearing impaired...

I dont understand why the blind proudly use their canes and we help them yet the hearing impaired hide their hearing aids and deficiency which aggravates and irritates everyone.

I think hearing aids should be VISIBLE then you know the person struggles. It must be awful to know you are only picking up parts of conversations... yet we can't always determine that the person can't hear with those iddy biddy aids tucked nearly inside the ears...

Chyenn  (Level: 209.4 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 1:22 PM

Seniorrita, for years deaf people were labeled "deaf and dumb" and the stigma still lingers today that being deaf means you are somehow less intelligent. they didn't want to call attention to themselves so the devises were made small enough to hide.

i am hard of hearing and it helps if someone speaking faces me and speaks clearly, not exaggerating their words or face. my friends who are profoundly deaf tell me that they appreciate the same courtesy. speaking too slowly and exaggerating words makes it even harder to lipread. and shouting is useless as most profoundly deaf can't hear thunder.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 2:32 PM

Chyenn, you made some good points. My mother-in-law and my father were very hard of hearing and my ex-husband is too. The one thing I found that helps is to say their name to get their attention first. If you just start talking to them you are several words into your sentence before they realize you are talking to them, then they ask you to repeat what you said. It's just easier to get their attention so they can focus on what you are saying in the beginning.

I also learned early on to enunciate very clearly. My hearing is best in the very high pitch range, but I do not hear that well in the low and soft tone range. I find it mentally exhauting when I am talking with someone who does not enunciate clearly and speaks softly.

My theory has always been, if I'm going to put my foot in my mouth let's have no misunderstanding about what I said to put my foot there!

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