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Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Monday, December 24, 2007

Exception Log

The folks at The Consumerist--no strangers, it must be said, to the typo themselves--had some fun with this picture:

Yes, the folks at Wal-Mart tried to say that their debit machines were down by making a sign that says "No Debit Accepted", and then whoever was making the sign didn't know the difference between "accepted" and "excepted" (in this context, they're almost perfect antonyms), and then the error was compounded when "excepted" was spelled wrong.

In retail, this sort of thing happens all the time. There's no proof-reading of signs whipped up on the fly by someone sitting at a computer using WordPad (unless I'm around). The sign gets made, it's wrong, it gets posted, someone notices, but nobody changes it because there's no time. So I can't really even criticize it.

It is funny, though.


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