There is no hope

According to this report, Camelot have had to withdraw a scratch card because the general public are too thick to understand negative numbers.

From the article:

Tina Farrell, from Levenshulme, called Camelot after failing to win with several cards.

The 23-year-old, who said she had left school without a maths GCSE, said: “On one of my cards it said I had to find temperatures lower than -8. The numbers I uncovered were -6 and -7 so I thought I had won, and so did the woman in the shop. But when she scanned the card the machine said I hadn’t.

“I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher – not lower – than -8 but I’m not having it.

Oh dear.

She even goes on to say:

“I think Camelot are giving people the wrong impression – the card doesn’t say to look for a colder or warmer temperature, it says to look for a higher or lower number.

Er… maybe I’m reading this wrong, but did she not just say: it said I had to find temperatures lower than -8 – does she really think that -6 is a lower temperature than -8?

And it sounds like she’s not the only one who struggled:

…the concept of comparing negative numbers proved too difficult for some Camelot received dozens of complaints on the first day from players who could not understand how, for example, -5 is higher than -6.

So, it would appear that the average IQ of the general public compares rather poorly with that of a slightly mouldy cabbage. Hardly a newsflash, but not nice to see it proved.

3 thoughts on “There is no hope”

  1. Ordinary folk also don’t understand percentages and many other mathematical basics, even though they must have been taught them at school.

    Their brains might explode if you expose them to complex numbers :)

  2. Oh man, that is just scary – but I had direct experience with a wide range of stupidity when working in a car insurance call centre straight after uni –

    Had such gems as a woman asking her boyfriend if they owned their house … and the following;

    ‘Have you had any accidents, claims or losses in the last 3 years’
    ‘yes I broke my leg’
    ‘in a car accident?’


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