Friday, February 04, 2005

Some Bad Designs

1) When the credit card/debit card swipe machine at a grocery store is just to the cashier's left, instead of diagonal to the cashier (about a foot past the conveyor belt scanner). People in line tend to shuffle up and move you along as the cashier scans your purchases. By the time you're ready to pay, the person in line behind you is practically on top of you--not a good thing if you're paying by debit.

2) A credit card/debit card swipe machine that's installed too high. I saw one that was maybe five and a half to six feet off the ground. That might not be a problem if you're tall, but if you're below six feet, you might not feel comfortable punching in your PIN in full view of everyone behind you.

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