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(CNN)   Court rules U.S. currency discriminates against the blind. Not sure what the U.S. Treasury will have to do, but we can probably rule out cash settlement   ( money.cnn.com) divider line
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2008-05-20 12:34:53 PM  
It shouldn't be hard to fix... It seems like they change the design every few months now.
 
2008-05-20 12:36:51 PM  
Resizing the bills is going to make vending machines fun!

Maybe just clipping the corners or some shiat.
 
aba
2008-05-20 12:38:13 PM  
"Stevie don't know if he got 1s or 100s. It's just a stack to Stevie"
 
2008-05-20 12:40:06 PM  
netweavr: Resizing the bills is going to make vending machines fun!

Maybe just clipping the corners or some shiat.


Or just making the "feel" of the bill different. I hear they have super-feel powers or something...

/brail on the bottom
 
2008-05-20 12:43:03 PM  
I lold at the headline.
 
2008-05-20 12:47:50 PM  
This is all a ploy backed by the deep, deep pockets of Big Wallet -- the leather consortium that rules the globe from deep within a suede cavern under the Eiffel Tower.

I'm guessing a braille aspect to the bills would eventually be worn away with use.

Incidentally: How does a blind guy know when he's done wiping his ass?
 
2008-05-20 01:12:14 PM  
Mr. Coffee Nerves: Incidentally: How does a blind guy know when he's done wiping his ass?

By smell.

*wipe* *sniff sniff*
 
2008-05-20 01:19:42 PM  
So long as any new bills actually farking work in bill machines, fine by me. They're redesigning bills all the farking time anyway. If people want to cheat the blind, giving them incorrect change is just one of many ways to do it.


Mr. Coffee Nerves: Incidentally: How does a blind guy know when he's done wiping his ass?


One bark - brown
Two barks - clean
 
2008-05-20 01:26:40 PM  
Szech: One bark - brown
Two barks - clean


Hahahahahahaaaa....
 
2008-05-20 02:19:16 PM  
netweavr: Maybe just clipping the corners or some shiat.

Which means it would take some con artist less time than it's taking me to type this sentence to clip off the "wrong" corner on a smaller-denomination bill and screw over someone who can't see the numbers.

I know a blind dude, and he refuses to carry cash. His checks get direct-deposited, and he pays for everything with his debit/check card. It's the only way he can be sure some unscrupulous jerk-clerk isn't farking him over on his change.

He used to just fold different denominations differently (singles in half the short way, fives long, tens in thirds, etc.) until once or twice he handed a bill that was "supposed" to be a twenty to a checkout person, and they said it was a single. Then you have to wonder who's screwing you, the dude who gave you the single back in change in the first place, or the dude who you're trying to give it to pulling a fast one.

Don't even get me started on the time he went into Taco Bell with a $2 bill.
 
2008-05-20 02:19:48 PM  
You know, they could put some sort of plastic thing in the paper, or a textured spot. Machines would still take them if they don't change the thickness of the bill too much to add these sorts of things. A series of little plastic dots put into the money that you can feel... how hard would that be?


Also, paper money currently discriminates against the non-religious, polytheistic, and non-christians with "in God we trust" but that isn't changing anytime soon... so I won't hold my breath for the blind either.
 
2008-05-20 02:36:19 PM  
About time.
 
2008-05-20 02:48:07 PM  
Wow. Who could've seen THAT one coming?
 
2008-05-20 03:28:29 PM  
The blind will be very excited when they read about this.
 
2008-05-20 03:32:11 PM  
Excellent headline, subby!
 
2008-05-20 03:32:59 PM  
How did a blind man get cash?
 
2008-05-20 03:34:22 PM  
My favorite line FTA

"The government might as well argue that, since handicapped people can crawl on all fours or ask for help from strangers, there's no need to make buildings wheelchair accessible, the court said"
 
2008-05-20 03:34:28 PM  
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Approves

Spike
 
2008-05-20 03:35:05 PM  
My headline didn't make it.

Bright colors, Porn, Yosemite, the Louvre, sunsets, unfair to the blind.
 
2008-05-20 03:35:19 PM  
Easy solution: Origamoney.
[image from onecoolhunt.com too old to be available]

/hope they don't mess with the pic.
 
2008-05-20 03:35:40 PM  
hmmmmm.....if there was only some type of device that could fit easily into your wallet or purse, possibly made out of plastic, that people could use instead of paper cash.....if only!!
 
2008-05-20 03:36:03 PM  
Shilldog: *wipe* *sniff sniff*

Wipe wipe, sniff sniff, ohh what a relief it is
 
2008-05-20 03:36:17 PM  
it worked for the euro...
 
2008-05-20 03:36:52 PM  
hunh, it's about damn time. most other countries do it.
 
2008-05-20 03:37:17 PM  
Coins shouldn't be a problem, their all different sizes, unless you have a blind coin collector.

As for the bills, adding braille shouldn't be much of a problem.

Just one question though, why is this just now coming up? I thought the blind already had something figured out.
 
2008-05-20 03:38:59 PM  
Just slip 'em a 5 and tell them it's a twenty.
 
2008-05-20 03:39:12 PM  
clancifer: The blind will be very excited when they read about this.

I laughed. I want the aisle seat however. What's the movie?
 
2008-05-20 03:39:19 PM  
O', b;omd. sp O', rea;;u gettomg a locl pit pf tjese re[;oes/
 
2008-05-20 03:39:21 PM  
Who gives a shiat? Seems as if our currency is going to be obsolete in the near future...
 
2008-05-20 03:39:21 PM  
Szech:

One bark - brown
Two barks - clean


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that is all
 
2008-05-20 03:39:28 PM  
While they're at it, can they get rid of that pesky "In god we trust" thing too?
 
2008-05-20 03:39:32 PM  
Before the euro, Germany had braille on paper currency. Link (new window)
 
2008-05-20 03:39:39 PM  
The braille idea might work out pretty well if they just punched tiny holes instead of the bumps. That paper/fabric thing they print money on could handle it. Especially if you just put it in the corner where the bill would still be valid if torn.

That being said, LIFE discriminates against the blind.
 
2008-05-20 03:39:44 PM  
Cheap electronic bill reader = problem solved.
 
2008-05-20 03:39:58 PM  
I love the blind strippers, I just tell 'em I'm floatin' benjamins.

/And they don't run away when they (don't) see me
 
2008-05-20 03:41:52 PM  
All paper money should have those chips they put into singing birthday cards.

I'M A TWENTY. COUNT YOUR CHANGE.
I'M A TWENTY. COUNT YOUR CHANGE.
I'M A TWENTY. COUNT YOUR CHANGE.
 
2008-05-20 03:42:28 PM  
Combining their ability to detect when they're done wiping and my love of all things from the 80's...

Scratch & Sniff Money

Have the single smell like cherry, the $5 like brains and gunpowder, the $20 could smell like a pork barrel. However, this would cause a problem with recognizing the $100, which would be made to smell like Bacon to appease the ghost of Ben Franklin.
 
2008-05-20 03:43:01 PM  
"The court also ruled that the United States failed to explain why changing the money would be an undue burden. The Treasury Department has redesigned its currency several times in recent years and adding features to aid the blind would come at a relatively small cost, the court said."

If someone can't see the difference between slight cosmetic color/design changes and redsigning virtually all US currency as to make someone able to tell the denomination by touch, then they have no business being on a fed court.
 
2008-05-20 03:43:40 PM  
Bright colors, Porn, Yosemite, the Louvre, sunsets, unfair to the blind.

Mine was a no go too:

Paper money, dodgeball, and no-touch strip clubs: unfair to the blind.
 
2008-05-20 03:44:03 PM  
The US currency discriminates against anyone who doesn't own a large corporation or bank.
 
2008-05-20 03:44:59 PM  
Ryan2065: netweavr: Resizing the bills is going to make vending machines fun!

Maybe just clipping the corners or some shiat.

Or just making the "feel" of the bill different. I hear they have super-feel powers or something...

/brail on the bottom


THIS.

Just run the bills through a machine to stamp a braille code into it with small bumps.

No need to change vending machines or printing processes.
 
2008-05-20 03:46:37 PM  
Meh. Canadian currency has had braille in the corner for years. You can barely find it on worn bills though or after they go through the washing machine by accident.
 
2008-05-20 03:47:34 PM  
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2008-05-20 03:47:45 PM  
Why don't they just issue blind people government debit cards that get their disability payments put directly on them? Why can't blind people find people to trust? Why is it the treasury's problem that these people can not see? I have a friend with no farking arms and she doesn't biatch about businesses having doors or having to sign her name so stfu and gbtw...
 
2008-05-20 03:48:09 PM  
Scurvy Dog: O', b;omd. sp O', rea;;u gettomg a locl pit pf tjese re[;oes/

Hilarious. +1

Spike
 
2008-05-20 03:48:55 PM  
The government might as well argue that, since handicapped people can crawl on all fours or ask for help from strangers, there's no need to make buildings wheelchair accessible, the court said.

I'm all for setting this argument into motion.
 
2008-05-20 03:48:56 PM  
Jeez they already get to take their dogs with them every where now they get special money to?
 
2008-05-20 03:49:29 PM  
Coming soon: talking cash
 
2008-05-20 03:49:59 PM  
Lioncash does not solve this problem.
 
2008-05-20 03:50:00 PM  
I SAID, I HANDED YOU A FIFTY!
 
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