A Helpful Shopping Tip

If you use the self-check at Walmart, pick the Spanish language option–that way the durn thing won’t talk to you and tell you every inane thing it thinks you need to do. Since what one needs to do is pretty easy to understand, the inability to read the screen doesn’t matter.

So see, for those who get annoyed at “Press 1 for English, Press 2 for Spanish” there is a silver lining after all.

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Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Boyd says:

    Heh. Good point. I’d never have thought of that.

  2. Maybe this will be the impetus needed to get everyone on Obama’s foreign language skills bandwagon… but somehow I doubt it 🙂

  3. Triumph says:

    If you use the self-check at Walmart, pick the Spanish language option—that way the durn thing won’t talk to you and tell you every inane thing it thinks you need to do.

    Dude, you are not only “taking” the job of an American worker who would normally check you out, but you are also encouraging the coddling of immigrants.

    That’s two strikes against America—Shame!