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QuickChange

Thanks to debit cards, cash is pretty much obsolete. I can walk around for days without a dime in pocket or a care in the world, cheerfully deducting all my purchases from my checking account.

In fact, the only time I find myself in need of greenbacks is when I'm purchasing something so inexpensive that I cannot use my debit card, either because the store has a "minimum charge" policy, or because I'm trying to get Ho Hos out of a vending machine. In these cases there's always the ATM, but it's a drag to have to navigate seven menu screens to get cash, and then I typically wind up with $19.15 more than I wanted anyhow.

That's why I think ATMs should have a QuickCash option. Here's how it would work. Two prosthetic hands would be attached to the top of the machine. If you want $5, you hit one and shout "Gimmie five!"; hitting both and shouting "Gimmie ten!" submits your request for a sawbuck. Voice recognition software verifies your identity and the money is dispensed immediately.

I think this idea could really catch on. And, if successful, the machines could be retrofit to dispense girlie magazines as well. "Gimmie some skin!"

Posted on February 26, 2007 to Great Ideas