One Digit at a Time
You hear that a lot with automated systems. “Please say or enter your account number, one digit at a time.” “Please say or enter the last four numbers of your social security number, one digit at a time.”
Really? Is that necessary? How else are you going to enter them? How do you even say more than one digit at a time? Are there that many people pushing all the numbers at once on the keypad? The more interesting question is, did this actually happen? Was this direction the result of someone trying to do just that? Because it probably is. I can’t imagine how, but why else would they even think to say that?
It reminds me of when I was on a local train that, every few minutes, announced a stop and directed disembarking passengers to “leave through the exit doors.” Emphasis his, not mine, which is the point. I mean, were there that many options? I had giggling fits like crazy, thinking, Have they had that many people trying to climb out the windows?
And when you’re talking about warning labels that defy plausibility, it gets really bad. But that’s anther post.