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September 21, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Braille help sign

BrailleonpaperChris Barr writes in:

I went in to pick up my bicycle today from this bike shop and saw this printed paper sign that says - "Please ask staff for help." 

Right under that text is braille, but the braille is printed on paper that has no variable texture, therefore making the braille unusable.


Reminds me of a flyer I saw years ago: "Can't read? Call us at ---"

Posted by: klew at September 21, 2006 12:11 AM

Thats not braille.. That's some kinda Code Language LOL besides the 6 dots don't = staff or for.. not sure where they fit... every other part does seem to translate so it is nonfunctional braille I guess and broken badly.. Scissors would unbreak it though..

Posted by: Infinity306 at September 21, 2006 12:28 AM

No no no. You are supposed to ask the staff for help deciphering the braile!

Posted by: Daniel Bathgate at September 21, 2006 02:05 AM

Actually, yes, that is proper braille. A full cell stands for for.

Posted by: thylacine222 at September 21, 2006 06:31 AM

Another broken aspect is that it is a bike shop. Maybe I am wrong, but do blind people ride bikes? If so, where.

Posted by: americanrob at September 21, 2006 10:53 AM


Posted by: nyc25 at September 21, 2006 02:21 PM

Reminds me of a sign I saw at a local post office: "No animals allowed, seeing eye dogs exluded." I get the point, but who is supposed to be reading that sign -- the sightless person, or the dog?

Posted by: Sean at September 21, 2006 04:34 PM

Well that makes about as much sense as the braile that you find on drive-up ATM machines.

Posted by: TIBE4ME at September 22, 2006 06:09 PM

It reminds me of handicapped people driving cars: What handicap can you drive a car with?

Posted by: flashx11 at September 23, 2006 11:47 AM

No kidding! I never understood why drive up ATMs have Braille. Even if the car was being driven by someone else, the screen is still illegible.

Posted by: freyyr890 at September 23, 2006 08:54 PM

_@_v - you can have cardio-pulmonary disabilities that qualify you for parking in a handicapped zone. my gram had emphysema and was able to drive but needed to be able to park as close to a building as she could.

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at September 24, 2006 07:11 PM

"It reminds me of handicapped people driving cars: What handicap can you drive a car with?"

An armless co-worker of mine drove quite well with his feet, and a special accelerator that was outfitted with a suicide knob steering disk.

I'm not sure if this is a genuine question, since there are a lot of lesser handicaps you can drive with (emphysema, weak heart, etc.)

Posted by: henrybowmanaz at September 26, 2006 02:45 PM

"Maybe I am wrong, but do blind people ride bikes?"

No, but they may pick them up at repair shops for their kids.

Posted by: henrybowmanaz at September 26, 2006 02:46 PM

"Maybe I am wrong, but do blind people ride bikes?"

Why not, they drive cars...

Posted by: Taliesin71 at September 29, 2006 05:37 AM

Braille on drive through ATMs is NOT broken. all ATM machines are made the same.

Posted by: Adam487 at October 29, 2006 01:20 AM

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