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"What fresh hell is this?"
Because the ADA requires it.And maybe there are some good reasons for that: one argument is that many blind people take cabs to get places. If they need to stop at an ATM for money, should they have to ask the cab driver to enter their PIN?Longer answer at:http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a4_010.html
Or, more likely, because the keypads are not made especially for ATMs but are a standard part which could be used in any number of non-drive-up applications.
Wow - great minds... This braille atm post was before I had discovered the splendor of your blog, I think. I certainly hope I didn't plaigiarize, even if unintentionally! But that reminds me - I obviously need to go back and read your archives and make sure I'm not missing anything!
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