Please sign clearly

Last week, while buying a tomato mozzarella sandwich on focaccia bread at a local mom-and-pop grocery store, I paid with a credit card and was asked to sign for my purchase. I saw this sign:

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Yes, that says “Please Sign Clearly” on one of those credit card machines with the electronic pen that should have been replaced years ago, the end of the pen already rounded and almost flat.

It’s the kind of signing pad that’s at an angle where no human arm can properly hold a pen or write. If you can get a squiggle that remotely looks like one of the letters in your name, it’s an accomplishment.

Please sign clearly? Why? For what? And how?

Before we start printing these “please sign clearly” signs for all of the world’s outdated credit card machines, let’s consider investing in new pens first.

And on top of the big, unpointy, unwieldy pens, there’s never enough room on these machines to write anything. Plus, it’s supposed to be your signature, the one that matches the credit card. And the credit also doesn’t provide enough space. So you end up with having to “clearly” write a signature that matches a signature that’s probably not clearly written.

Is that clear?

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One thought on “Please sign clearly

  1. Love the article; unfortunately, today students are taught in 3rd grade, or no, to write and never use it again, so they don’t know how to write at all.

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