December 18, 2006
At Dunkin Donuts the other day, I witnessed an obvious language barrier between a customer and the cashier. The person was trying to point at the donuts she wanted, and I thought it was strange that no one behind the counter could speak Spanish. Turns out, the customer was actually deaf. And while holding up 2 fingers when you want to order the number 2, two cheeseburger value meal at McDonalds is probably easy, having to point at the particular donut you want when they're all lined up right next to each other a few meters away is rather difficult. I started thinking that there's got to be some sort of device where a deaf person could type into it what they wanted to say, and the device could say it for them. After sharing this idea, a co-worker of mine suggested that a pen and paper would do just as well. Touche. 2nd story. I was at a Long John Silvers (my body is my temple), and there's a cashier who works there that has some sort of mental disability, but is fully-functional. Standing in front of me in line was a huge, Harley-looking guy with long hair looking up at the menu board. The cashier, in a lisped, broken voice, then called out, "Whenever you're ready Maam." I think that the long hair must have confused him, but I was really waiting for the customer to go nuts on him. He took it very well, what a Teddy Bear. In conclusion, eat poorly. You'll get some stories.