Monday, May 9, 2011

In Which They're Getting Smarter

Even though I am a geek, it sometimes concerns me when certain pieces of technology get smarter. Computers and cell phones and web browsers I don't mind so much, but there has to be a line drawn somewhere. Personally, I think that line should be drawn just before vending machines.

I wrote a few months back about a vending machine at work that seemed to suggest specific snacks for me every time I walked by. It still does it from time to time, but I noticed something different about it recently. In addition to accepting coins and dollar bills, the vending machine was fitted with a debit/credit card reader. 

It's not the fact that the machine accepts credit cards that got me. It's what the LCD screen said:




I wouldn't think it to be necessary to specify that the card used to make a purchase be valid. I mean, if one used an invalid card, wouldn't the machine simply reject it and move on? No, apparently it feels the need to require valid cards only.

Seems like a case for OddlySpecific.com, if you ask me.

Happy Monday, folks.

6 Comments:

Jasmine said...

I lived in the Chicago area for a couple hours and was surprised to see all the machines with a card reader. It was convenient as hell, though. :)

And thanks for the new site to check out, haha. I'm stuck in the hospital for 2 hours waiting on outpatient surgery for my grandma and I was wondering what I was going to do.

Jasmine said...

See, I'm tired. I lived in the Chicago area for a couple YEARS I mean. Geeze.

Carolyn said...

Thank you very much for the new site, I'm going to check it out.

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kristina said...

Well my first thought was the card had to be valid in the sense it was one of the types accepted - AE, D, MC or V. So, they were letting you know other types were invalid ahead of time as the digital display does not have the capability of giving that message when you enter another type of card.

Now I'm sure it would have no problem letting you know the card is invalid because your limit has been reached - there will be sirens, bells, whistles and a flashing of multi-coloured lights to best any fleet of emergency vehicles... ;)

ForeverRhonda said...

My husband used one of those card readers on a vending machine at the university...forgot to push the button which completed his transaction and we had about 47 $1.25 transactions on the card that were all from other students.

Badass Geek said...

Jasmine: Hey, a couple hours in a big city can feel like years.

Carolyn: No, thank you for your irrelevant comment!

Kristina: Well, I was wondering why my PetCo card wasn't working.

ForeverRhonda: That SUCKS.

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