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“Came to a bar to have a nice beer, like any reasonable person would on a Friday. The waitress asked me to order through a QR code which would take my order only if I have a Gmail account. I left and found another bar because: I don’t want to have a beer through my Gmail. Jesus fucking Christ.” – Vjosa Musliu

@aral
I would have done the same.
gmail and googlemail are blocked on my mail servers.

@schratze Gimmick? It’s a glimpse into future normalcy unless we do something about it.

@aral world needs a FOSS federated beer ordering service.

@aral @cos Here's a better idea: Have your government give you certified wealth tokens in the form of metal or paper, let's call them "cash", and then you can go to a bar and exchange this "cash" for beer.

@kakure @aral radical thinking. I've seen those being used in old movies.

@atalsta @aral not really surprising considering how forceful some establishments are about customers "having their app" for that 5% discount or whatnot (only available on apple and google stores, ofc). What's terrifying is how easily people just shrug and go, yeah, I guess that's how it is now.

@aral It is extraordinary to be considered abnormal when you don't have and don't want a Google account.
And to think that at one time the moron who created a Google account for my wife and in-laws was me. Trying to dissuade them from using it today is an uphill battle.

@kriom I wouldn’t blame yourself too much. They fooled many of us that the start. We’re as much the victims here as anyone else. The blame lies solely with them.

@aral
It's worse here since the virus; most pubs and restaurants require you to install their app before you can order anything!

@aral gah, I never really thought about how those QR Codes are giving me a cookie along with my meal/drink ... I feel like I got sucker punched.

@edsu @aral

someone is clearly marketing these services to the restaurants, I suspect alongside the cloud based EPOS systems they use to process their orders..

@vfrmedia Given how well they normally work, I assume EPOS stands for electronic piece of shit
@edsu @aral

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