When those with sight see the brail on an ATM we often don’t think about what it’s actually like for a blind person to use an ATM. For some using an ATM takes just a mere matter of seconds. For Tommy, it takes a little over 11 minutes.
And for those of our readers that may be hard of hearing I’ve taken the time to transcribe this message for your viewing pleasure. Only to realize after doing this that there’s actually a “Closed Captioning” option on this video.
There is another video below this one that shows how Tommy utilizes paper money. American money does not contain any clear indicators or ways to distinguish between values. Tommy tells how there is no way to tell if he’s getting gipped or not when paying for an item or service. His monetary transactions are based solely on trust. Can you imagine having to trust others to give you the correct amount of money back? How do you think this would fare in your everyday life?
Oh, and of course, there’s no closed captioning for the video that I did not transcribe. ::blank stare::
It’s one of those days, folks!
Leave a comment below and let me know your take on the videos!
Narrating: I gotta go to the bank and grab a little bit of money.
Live: How am I supposed to do this now, like this?
So, what we’re going to do is go to the ATM
Doesn’t give you much time. Why doesn’t that work? Oh!?
I’ve got a pair of headphones with me, so I can plug in.
Plug ‘em in, standard headset jack. It’s on the ATM for spoken instructions.?
It takes a little bit longer for me than sighted people.
It tells me to plug them in, but it doesn’t tell me where to plug them in. “Take Cash Below,” that doesn’t work. Jack. Ring-a-ding-ding.?
Normally, when there’s, like there’s a little circle around the headphone jack or something. It’s pretty recognizable.
Jack below. There. No??
And you know, when the braille says “right below”, I’m thinking right below. But it was a couple of things below.
Way below, like down her below? No. Maybe down there below? But, why would they put that up there for that??
What the – why is it so complicated for me? Why can’t I find the stupid hole?
The simplest thing in the world, but I couldn’t find it because it was sort of camouflaged. I promise you, it was camouflaged.
There’s a hole there with nothing, there’s nothing in between the holes.?
I just started to push the headphone in, just randomly, into places. Just push, push, push.
And there’s that. Nothing plus in anywhere. Unless it plugs in there. ::Gasp:: Oh, it scared me. Wow, it doesn’t feel like a hole at all, does it??
ATM: This ATM provides spoken instructions for your convenience. For a tutorial, press enter on the keypad.
Hopefilly, nobody’s gonna be impatient and be banging on the door. “Come on already, hurry up!
ATM: The keypad is located to the lower left of the headphone jack, approximately 7 inches at 7 o’clock.
One time I was at an ATM, and this woman was just being as loud as can be – “ohhhh” -
ATM: The keypad consists of 16 keys. There are four rows of keys with four keys on each row. The left 3 columns of keys are identical to a telephone keypad with the number one in the upper left.
-I was like, you know what lady, I can’t see, alright? Calm down. I’ll be out of here in a min–I’m trying to catch a train.
ATM: Insert your card with the raised print facing up into the left side of the slot. Please enter your pin using the keypad. Select enter to continue. Enter. For withdrawal, press enter. Enter.
Normally when you enter numbers, like if you do it on a phone, they want it in dollars and cents. Like say you want $400, you go “four-double zero-double zero.
ATM: Four. Zero. Zero. Zero. Zero. (Showing $40,000) Enter. You have exceeded the limit that this ATM can dispense.
I took off the two zeros…
ATM: Four. Zero. Zero.
Let’s try this. There we go!?
So now I have money. So now we can go have a couple of refreshments.
ATM: Thank you.