15 More Appalling QR Code Fails

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Even though Quick Response (QR) codes are significantly more effective when placed in newspapers and magazines, that doesn’t stop over-eager marketers from putting the scanable codes on everything from produce to body parts to burqas.

According to comScore, one in five smartphone users have ever scanned a QR code.

Brad Frost and Craig Villamor, friends living in New York, both work in the world of mobile media and have a natural propensity for noticing QR codes around the city.

“It’s become impossible to escape them,” Frost, a mobile web strategist and front-end designer at digital ad agency R/GA, told Business Insider. “I started amassing pictures on my phone of the more egregious specimens: underground, hidden, impossible to reach, ambiguous or just downright wrong.”

So he and Villamor, the principal design architect of mobile and emerging tech at Salesforce.com (you know, the company that just bought Buddy Media for about $700 million), started a Tumblr to chronicle the worst of the worst, appropriately called “WTF QR Code?” The blog  encourages people to send in strange uses of QR codes that they spot around town. The pictures range from the weird (cookies) to the weirder (women’s butts).

We did a piece on some doozies earlier this year, but the bad QR code placements keep on coming, so it’s time for a follow-up.

British volleyball players Zara Dampney, 24, and Shauna Mullin, 26, rented out their butts to advertisers. Good luck scanning while they play.

Classic: You have to scan the QR code to find out how to USE a QR code.

Just buy your kids the Spongebob Band-Aids already.

Yes, the first thing you want to do after chugging a beer is scan a QR code. How did they know?

Scan prior to consumption.

For squirrels with smartphones.

Well, this seems safe.

That's totally how I want to find out if my flight is delayed.

What this car's QR code should be advertising is auto insurance.

Thank goodness it's temporary.

This, on the other hand ...

The smallest QR code in the world.

We take that back.

No words.

Too meta?

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