A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 28, 2012
“Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?”

"Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?” is a question (cited in print since at least April 1994) that has made many lists of humorous questions. The answer is that the keypads of a bank’s drive-through banking machines (ATMs) and walk-up banking machines are the same; it would be more costly to make them different. Also, the person using a bank’s drive-through ATM might be a passenger and not the driver of a vehicle.


The Humor List
From: Doug Harter’s Initial Logs Processor
Subject: HUMOR Digest - 6 Apr 1994
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Date:  Wed, 6 Apr 1994 12:49:58 -0400
From:  Srikumar Lakshmipathi
Subject:  Some Questions(clean)
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Why do they put braille dots on the keypad of the drive up ATM?

The Funny Pages
Oxymorons and Contradictions
Thursday, 06 October 1994
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Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

26 Decemer 1994, Salina (KS) Journal, “Cuff Stuff” by Gordon D. Fiedler, pg. 3, col. 5:
Why do they put Braille dots on the key pads of driveup ATMs?

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15 July 1995, Gettysburg (PA) Times, “Deep thoughts from the pickle barrel...” by Larry Rhoten, pg. A4, col. 2:
Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

Google Books
World Wide Web Explorer
By Steve Rimmer
New York, NY : McGraw-Hill
1996
Pg. ?:
Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

9 July 1996, Rockford (IL) Register Star, “‘Cyber Jokes’ nets a geekload of humor” by Erick Hendrickson, pg. 4B, col. 2:
Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

Ars Technica Forums
Fluogen
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Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?

Google Books
Oxymorons and Other Contradictions
By Wrong Way
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2005
Pg. 117:
Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

Google Books
552 Questions That Make You Go “Hmmmmm!” / 87 Great Put Downs!
By Wayne Cundal
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
Pg. 11:
Why do they put Braille on drive through banking machines?

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • (1) Comments • Tuesday, August 28, 2012 • Permalink


I didn’t noticed the importance of this nor checked out the ATM that well. Its a nice observation though. I would’ve have known it until now.

Posted by rat control  on  08/30  at  12:58 AM

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