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The zero dressed up as a six: the ramifications are still felt two weeks later.
Take a look at this picture…
Do you see the Six? Well, that is supposed to be a zero! As a man with serious vision loss issues, not to mention ataxia, I didn’t notice that I hadn’t made the zero closed and round; I can barely read my own writing anymore.
If you can see the other zeros, yes, you’ll be hard-pressed to not see the six. The others are closed and rounded, yet this six actually looks like a six. I wrote One Hundred not One Hundred & Sixty.
The bank, however, took the larger amount, debited my account, I didn’t notice anything amiss until a day later.
So, quick as a power chair on gazelle (and yes, that is an actual speed) I zoomed to my bank, sans intervenor support, I sorted out the problem. I typed, on my iPad, the situation beforehand and used a voice to text app to communicate with the teller, while I typed my replies.
The Teller was able to fix the original error on the cheque by cancelling the full cheque, $160. I was under the impression that I would need to write a new cheque for $100. In short, I would get 160 bucks back. Pretty successful outing with no intervenor support.
Unfortunately, the Saga of the Six continued.
Somewhere the Teller mentioned not to write a new cheque. I can’t recall reading this instruction; it might have been mistranslated. Most voice to text apps are notorious four messing up sample sent ants.
But, do not blame the app as I was overwhelmed and might have missed, or misunderstood, the point.
Either way, I did write a new cheque, and gave it to the payee, who subsequently deposited it.
So, to make a long story somewhat more confusing, I paid $100 twice, within the same month, instead of once a month as priory arranged.
Why is this newsworthy? Why are you reading about a blind man’s six? Hell, its only an open zero. Well, that rogue six plunged me into overdraft land, where I had to fight my way out.
If I had been more observant, and slightly richer, the Zero masquerading as a Six would have been easily dismissed; water under the bridge so to say.
Yet, because I didn’t see the Zero doing Six impressions, it became a big deal, especially since it sent me into negative territory with my bank!
So, moral of this story; if your vision is crappy, blurry, and you can’t see your writing without a magnifier, have someone else fill in that tiny amount! Take it from me, Mr. Blind Ataxian!
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