[Nfbc-info] Receipts

Mary Willows mwillows at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jul 25 22:34:41 UTC 2015

Hello Jennifer:
Thank you for contacting the National Federation of the Blind of California
for guidance on this issue. This really is an organization issue. It will be
interesting to see how others respond to the question.
Whenever I shop for items that might need to be returned within a short
time, I fold the receipt several times and keep it in my wallet.  That way,
if I need to locate a receipt I at least know a receipt from a piece of
paper. All blind people need to have a Reader who can go through all of the
receipts periodically and throw out the ones that are out of date. If I
purchase an item which is covered under warrantee for up to one year, I put
it in an envelope and mark it with braille. This is helpful because
sometimes I need to be able to look back and see when I made the purchase.
At least then I can go through the envelope and find the receipt I need.
I have a friend who labels all receipts when she gets home which is probably
more efficient but I am too lazy to do that.
That really is the bottom line. Since we know that we cannot read all these
little pieces of paper we need to put in a little extra time to be organized
with our personal belongings.  Store policy is store policy and just because
we are blind it does not mean that the rules do not apply to us. Respect
yourself--be organized.   

Let's see what everyone else thinks.
Mary Willows
The National Federation of the blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future.  Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. 
You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

National Federation of the Blind of California (NFBC)
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Thank you,
Mary Willows, President NFBC
mwillows at sbcglobal.net 

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Subject: [Nfbc-info] Receipts

What do you do to tell your receipts apart without scanning every single
receipt? I shop at bed bath and beyond from time to time and in order to
return something you have to have the original receipt. However all of the
receipts are just a piece of paper. I tried explaining to the person on the
phone that I am blind and cannot tell one receipt from the other, but they
said if I did not have my original receipt they would deduct 20% off of the
original purchase price.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! As I do not want to lose that
20% just because I am blind. 

I find the same thing at target.

I like that staples will E-mail the receipt and so will the Apple Store
making it easy and accessible, but majority of stores won't.
Thank you for your advice have a good day.

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