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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Humour: Discriminating Money

It Discriminates Against Poor People, Too
"Court Says Money Discriminates Against Blind People" reads an Associated Press headline. The trouble, the AP reports, is that there is no way of telling a dollar bill from a hundred without looking at it:
The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholds a decision by a lower court in 2006. It could force the Treasury Department to redesign its money. Suggested changes have ranged from making bills different sizes to printing them with raised markings. . . .

The U.S. acknowledges the design hinders blind people but it argued that blind people have adapted. Some relied on store clerks to help them, some used credit cards and others folded certain corners to help distinguish between bills.

The court ruled 2-1 that such adaptations were insufficient. 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.
Asked by a reporter what he thought of the ruling, the plaintiff said, "I haven't seen it."

From online.wsj.com