Primus inter pares sucks

I was coming out of the grocery store last night with my 15 items or less, and in the parking lot I encountered a fairly unhappy fellow with a presumably attached female. The source of his unhappiness? The store’s ATM. “This is the United States of America,” he growled. “We shouldn’t have to push a button for English; they should have to push a button for Español.”

I figured that if Presumably Attached Female hadn’t pointed out to him that both English and Spanish users have to push a button — that’s how the machine starts up — there wasn’t much point in my doing so, so I trotted on, if my typical just-about-twilight-after-a-long-day gait can be considered a trot.

Aside: One of my land-based phones has three-language capability, which has to be reset every time the battery for the Caller ID module is changed out; I don’t even bother, and often as not I get Spanish or French. (Now if it had actual translation capability for calls … but no, not at that price point.)


  1. Charles Pergiel »

    20 December 2013 · 1:54 pm

    Every time I go to an ATM, the same ATM actually, I do the same thing. I get my dollop of cash in English and a receipt, and every time I do that I think why can’t this stupid machine remember this stuff, so I don’t have to push all these bloody buttons? And then the machine hands me my card, and as soon as the card starts to emerge from the slot it starts beeping at me, which annoys me to no end (I really hate that beeping) and then I forget about about the machines lack of long term memory and I vow that next time I will go see an actual teller where I can get enough cash to last more than 15 minutes in the grocery store.

  2. McGehee »

    20 December 2013 · 5:25 pm

    I visit a BofA ATM a couple times a month and have never been asked to select a language. I don’t even know if there is an option for a language other than English.

    Maybe it’s encoded on my card. <shrug>

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