I had a big “Here’s Your Sign” moment this morning as I was plugging the parking meter. We have the fancy electronic parking meters here in Portland that take plastic and coin, but not bills. (Not sure why paper money is discriminated against.) I usually use my card, because I rarely carry change, the change I do carry I usually save for my afternoon M&Ms. But either the meter or the bank is really slow, because it often takes a minute or two to get authorization. Meanwhile, I stand there in the rain and let my mind wander.
This particular morning, I notice that there was no Braille on the meter. Well, that seems discriminating, too! I mean, how is a blind person supposed to know how much he or she is being charged? Or how much time to purchase? Or even what the hours of operation are? It wasn’t until the bank authorized my parking purchase a millennium later that it dawned on me… if blind people are parking, we have bigger problems than parking meter discrimination.
Here’s my sign. *facepalm*