Blind Man Vs. Money

Submitted by: benchurchill 5 years ago in Misc

Tommy demonstrates how a visually impaired person may organize their money and how U.S. currency is not accessible.
There are 56 comments:
Female 58
A friend of mine is blind, and he`s explained this same problem to me.

Also, he says things like "can`t wait to see you" or "I saw a concert last night," all the time- even though he can`t literally see anything, he can still witness things happening around him. That doesn`t mean he has to figure out an entirely different way to express that than sighted people, though.
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Male 1,164
"...I`ve seen a lot of girls take their money this way."

....REALLY??
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Male 116
dumb americans again lol
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Male 91
About the Canadian bills, the numbers (20,50,etc) are printed with ink that stands out (you can touch it, can`t explain zZz).
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Male 527
@envisage, I am not blind, and I just checked out a one and a five. There are very distinct differences between the two based on the ink pattern. The one is more ornate along the perimeter, and that difference can be felt. I cannot say for the differences between the 10, 20, or 50, since I have none of those to check. I would imagine subtle differences exist between them all that a person can tell the difference purely by touch.
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Female 15
@ mandingo
Sorry, but your friends and those employees have been duping you.

Based on a court ruling, future designs need to be made distinguishable by the blind, but none have been made as of yet.
http://moneyfactory.gov/uscurrency/meaningfulaccess.html
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Male 639
@ Angilion

Yeah, but in the UK the £5, £10 and £20 are different sizes and are ribbed in the top right corner where it shows the amount. You can feel which note you have.
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Male 4,395
I was in Switzerland a couple weeks ago and was noticing how their change was designed for the blind. The Franc`s that were close in size had one with ridged edges and the other with flat edges. And the paper money was different sizes. Come on America quit being such dicks to the blind.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Canadian bills have braille on the corner. But I`ve seen bills where the bumps have been worn down, so I don`t know how efficient this is.[/quote]

UK notes don`t, because the issuing banks consulted with the RNIB about it and were told that it was counter-productive. Many blind people don`t read braille anyway and when the bumps wear down (as they will, quite quickly), it becomes easier to misindentify them if you`re relying on the braille.
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Male 192
i have no sad feelings for this guy and will tell you all why. I have 2 blind friends, one blind by birth and the other by accident, both can feel a difference between the bills. Also, on a field trip in school to a mint, the mint employees can do the same exact thing. Too bad this nice man hasn`t learned to do it, however i know it is possible
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Male 2,759
Hadn`t really thought about it before, but am surprised that the civil liberties union has not sued for changes under the Americans with disabilities act.
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Female 3,562
Uatme, she obviously didn`t have a $10 to give or she would have and it would only be 5 bills.
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Male 414
poor guy, I`d feel so bad too
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Male 68
credit card...nough said.
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Female 1,589
Canadian bills have braille on the corner. But I`ve seen bills where the bumps have been worn down, so I don`t know how efficient this is.
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Male 1,084
6 bills for 14$.. USA cash sucks
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Male 1,803
The Euro notes were specifically designed for blind people, a lot of things went into it - size of the paper, raised lettering, all sorts of things.
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Male 1,293
America is a great country; I love it there. But it is also the only country I know of with this problem. Every other country I have visited has currency that is recognisable to the blind. Why, America? why are they all the same size and colour? It is ridiculous, it is easy even for the sighted to make mistakes. I could never mistake a large, purple £20 for a smaller, blue £5. $20 for $5? I could make that mistake.
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Female 264
My boyfriend`s dad and grandparents are blind and it`s amazing what they can all do. I know anyone would adapt, but they actually put some non visually impaired people to shame with that they do.
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Male 25,416
Blind people make folds in the note... Like fold a corner for 10 dollar notes. fold it in half for 50. etc...
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Male 358
I love this guy`s videos. He`s so upbeat and likeable and he gives an interesting perspective into what it`s like to be blind.
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Male 490
@Angilion if i recall correctly thats what cocaine cartels did in Columbia for years, they would chemically wash one dollar bills and print hundred dollar bills on the blank paper.
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Male 6,737
The US has all notes the same size? Weird.
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Male 2,376
we have brail on our new money here in Canadia
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Male 254
robbing a blind guy? that`s a lazy crook.... so true.
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Male 570
Angilion: our bills (notes) have watermarks of our presidents on them. they also have litle strips inside that say what value they are.
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Male 12,365
[quote]There are several techniques that could be employed to make the money easily distinguishable by denomination by feel.

Each of these would also be readily counterfeitable.[/quote]

Less so than nothing. Different note sizes also allows for a very simple gauging tool to be used - rest the note at the bottom, feel which marker it comes up to.

Hmm...is it possible to get a $1 note, remove the printing somehow (bleach - it`s more cloth than paper, right?) and print a fake $20 onto it? It`s usually the paper that gives away fake notes, in my experience (I handle a lot of notes at work).
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Male 570
"you still have to take the time to read the number cuz` they`re all green."
wow... just wow.
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Male 10,440
Haha! American banknotes suck. They`re so bland and inconvenient. Even if you aren`t blind you still have to take the time to read the number cuz` they`re all green.
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Male 3,462
In U.S. currency, the coats of the guys on every bill are ridged. You can take your finger and scratch their jackets and you`ll feel it "vibrate". It`s a very subtle vibrating, with the one and two dollar bills being the hardest to feel; while the twenty dollar bill is very easily felt.

Now if I were blind, I would have to learn the different sizes of the jackets. One and two dollar bills have small areas while twenties have huge areas.
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Male 76
just use 1 dollar bills, problem solved
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Male 2,424
"I`ve seen a lot of girls take money this way"

BWAHAHAAHHAHAA
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Male 959
Any other country I`ve been to uses different sizes for the different bills. Euro, sterling, etc etc. Its not that hard
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Male 1,284
@Kalimata monopoly money?? lol funny

i like our various colorful bills
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Male 266
As a blind person i can say this is a major problem. Most of us can`t do anythign but rely on people we do small business with. Debit cards are a blessing.
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Male 7,740
Yes, the paper money in the U.S. is the same size.

No, it`s not a major problem.

There are several techniques that could be employed to make the money easily distinguishable by denomination by feel.

Each of these would also be readily counterfeitable.

Nor does it address the problems that would be had by blind people with poor (or no) sense of feel.

There is no single answer that is universal for all.

The best we can all do is attempt to change what we can, and learn to cope with what we can`t.
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Male 661
We get made fun of all the time down south for our "Monopoly Money". I bet the blind don`t.
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Male 579
he said "I`ve seen" at 1:16.. I lol`d.. Am I going to hell for that?
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Male 3,147
"I`ve seen a lot of girls take money this way"


Hmm....how recently?



seriously though, this is the same guy that did the video about taking that flight isn`t it? I guess it is useful to put yourself in his shoes for a while...now if i`m ever handing money over to a blind person I`ll know to mention what order the bills are in.
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Male 878
Yeah, amazing that the bills in the USA are all the same size and color. After a couple of drinks anybody can make a mistake - sighted or not.
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Male 688
Six dollars for a pint? Even 2-4-1 would be overpriced! She ripped him off no matter which of the two amounts she gave him.
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Male 3,310
"Like to see George Washington make the party..." ??? This guy has more problems than just being blind.
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Male 4,594
I love messing with the blind. When I see a blind guy, I always yell "HOLY JESUS, LOOK OUT!". It really fu*ks with their head.
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Male 5,094
Hoofer & co: So how can he tell what sum his card is being charged with?
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Male 132
So use a credit/debit card. Whatever.
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Male 768
RecycleElf is obviously a psychic.
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Male 663
The UK uses different colours and sizes... the US has all green and all the same sizes? I can see that getting tricky.
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Male 38,480

"Use a debit card"

And how does he know they didn`t wring up a higher amount?
But blind people have dealt with money for a long time,
I`m sure he can figure it out.
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Male 10,339
"Did anyone else read the title as blind man vs monkey?"

THIS! I`m gonna go try and find it now.
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Male 2,551
Did anyone else read the title as blind man vs monkey?
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Male 10,339
Oh God. Use a debit card, or fold your money. Be handicapable.
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Male 605
Jesus, America doesn`t even have different sizes? Insane.
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Male 3,619
in norway the bills got diffrent sizes ^^
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Male 2,440
Luckily, most people are good and wouldn`t shortchange a blind guy.
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Male 355
i see what he is talking about
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Male 23
Link: Blind Man Vs. Money [Rate Link] - Tommy demonstrates how a visually impaired person may organize their money and how U.S. currency is not accessible.
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