Joe Doakes from Como Park writes:
Ramsey County doesn’t take credit or debit plastic for recording fees for deeds, mortgages, etc., only checks or cash.
The recording fees can easily be $150.00. Who carries that much cash? Who carries a checkbook anymore?
The Credit Union put an ATM in the lobby for the convenience of customers, employees and the cash-needing public.
The ATM doesn’t meet the requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act: it doesn’t have Braille keys.
Result: if everybody can’t use it, then nobody can use it. We pull it out.
So that makes everybody EQUAL, in having no access to funds. Everybody suffers together EQUALLY. I suppose it’s FAIR. But is it HELPFUL?
Does this application of the law actually make things BETTER for persons with disabilities, or worse? At least the old way, you could have a friend punch in the numbers so you could get your money. And you did bring a friend, right, to drive you here — because how else did you get to an office located across the river and not on a bus line? So you have a friend, you have money in the bank, you have documents to record . . . and we send you away. To be fair TO YOU, the disabled person. You’re the one we’re protecting with this law. You’re the one we’re “helping.”
We’re from the government and we’re here to help you. Why aren’t you more grateful?
But remember, handicapped people who are traipsing back across the river to find cash: if you complain about government regulations, it’s back to tainted beef and sewage in your water!
Give thanks to Dear Governnment!