I had something happen to me last night that made me realize just how far we’ve come in the technology department.
I was going to meet up with my French group for a movie. After the banks were closed, I suddenly realized goddamn it, the theatre doesn’t do debit! So, I thought “No worries, I’ll just go to a bank machine.” That, alone, is a huge step forward. If I wanted to use a bank machine years ago, I would have had to ask for help. Not now. TD’s machines talk.
I went in there, and started using the machine. Then it said “I’m sorry, this machine cannot process your request at this time.” At that moment I was informed that all the machines had “out of order” signs stuck to them. Oh crapola.
But because of another huge step forward, I just said “Ah, I’ll just hit another bank with talking machines!” That would have never happened in the past. Years ago, RBC was the only bank that had talking machines, and those machines were only select units at select branches. So, you had to molest every machine. “Do you talk? How about you?” If you weren’t familiar with which branch had ’em and the banks were closed, you were once again shit out of luck.
I traipsed over to an RBC because that bank was on the same side of the street where the theatre was. But, if I had preferred BMO, it was right there, and its machines talk too, remember?
So just think about that. I, as a blind person, have options! I basically have the same ability to walk up to a bank machine and beepedy boop out my transactions after hours as your average Joe sighty. How’s that for progress?
I’ve been doing a lot of complaining lately. I just felt like having some happy news for a change.