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September 25, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Parking ticket machine

NogreenbuttonVincent Maurin points out:

The text on this parking ticket machine near Luxembourg Airport says - "Press the green button," but there is no green button.

At least there is only one button, so its not that confusing, but they should have just input the text to display "Pressez Bouton" which means "Press the button" instead of "Pressez Bouton Vert," which means "Press the green button."


Vert also means "GO" or "OK", but more commonly used as a color. Not broken. (1st post:(

Posted by: n1nj4 at September 25, 2006 02:35 AM

The picture makes it look like a smooth metal button, as if it used to be painted or have a decal of some sort, possibly colored green once upon a time.

Posted by: klew at September 25, 2006 02:53 AM

>n1nj4 The word "vert" doesn't mean Go or OK even if it's associated with these notions. In this very case it's totally broken, plus the car park is new so Klew's remark can't apply.

Posted by: vincent at September 25, 2006 07:03 AM

Technically broken, but not really. In the real world you're never going to be confused as to what to do - we've all used these type of parking-entry devices before.

More to the point, you really have no choice - big bar in front of car, only way to move it is pressing button - what ever shall I do??

Unfortunate but could be worse. The whole world should be so broken.

Posted by: Andrew Tonkin at September 25, 2006 09:17 AM

Just the other dsay I saw one worse. A deb it card pinpad said "Enter your PIN and press OK."

There were two OK buttons.

In fact, there were two keypads, one standard and one smaller one right under the display.

The *correct* OK button ended up being the one *farthest* away.

Posted by: DavesBrain at September 25, 2006 12:48 PM

Reminds me of self-checkout devices. They have, on average, two keypads, two scanners, one demagnetizer, one scale, one status display, one touchscreen, two banks of status ligts, one "help needed" light, a reciept printer, a coin dispenser, a bill dispenser, and a sometimes an optical object size sensor.

Posted by: TIBE4ME at September 26, 2006 03:38 PM

We have similar machines around here, and usually the button (which also looks very similar) has a green illumination, as though there is a green led behind it that one cannot see (except for the halo of light it produces). Maybe the light isn't working on this one, in which case it would still be broken, but in a different way.

Posted by: ambrocked at September 27, 2006 12:08 PM

I'm partly colour blind, so the button looks green to me. Perhaps the person who made the message was colour blind.

Also, shouldn't it be "Pressez *le* bouton vert"?

Posted by: Munchkinguy at September 28, 2006 10:57 PM

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