F***ing QR code!

The other day, I was out in Paris, enjoying a sunny day. I was on my way to get some books at the library. And as I was in a nice area and there was a nice “salon de thé” on the way, I was ready to take myself for a little treat!

I got in and the waitress told me to scan the QR code to get the menu. Without even saying hello. Rude!

I know it’s only got to do with an app on your mobile phone, but I don’t like it. Even if I can understand that during such a special time, it’s something useful. Maybe they could just add a menu at the entrance of the shop. Or find a way that can suit everybody. Is is too much to ask? We’re all humans after all. Nowadays I feel like we are devices living a human life. It’s shocking!

I mean some people don’t have a smartphone. And maybe some people got one but don’t have a clue what a QR code is. In this word of “new technologies” we think that everybody has the same chances. But no.

One of my friend, who is teaching in secondary school told me that during the lockdown, half the kids didn’t have access to Internet. Or even have a computer.

On a different but related matter, not later than this summer, my grand-mother had to order a new ID card. The process is a mess. The French Administration requires an email address or a mobile phone number for people to get in touch with her. She’s 97 years old! Wake up guys! She doesn’t have a clue what you’re talking about. She’s from another planet, a different time. And this is not a single exemple. Unfortunately.

So, I left the shop, as a way to say that I didn’t agree with this new way of dealing with people!

15 thoughts on “F***ing QR code!

  1. Rita August 20, 2020 / 3:42 pm

    I’m sorry you had such an experience. Seems we have forgotten how to be human beings.

    Liked by 1 person

      • Rita August 20, 2020 / 3:55 pm

        It is. It’s sad. I’m hanging in line everyone else, M. Hope you and yours are safe and healthy.


  2. lisa thomson-author August 20, 2020 / 6:08 pm

    I agree with you, Marie. You nailed it when you said we are like machines living as humans. It is discouraging and this pandemic has only accentuated that. We had the same experience at a hotel lounge we’ve often patronized in the last ten years. We were there Saturday and the waitress told us to scan the card thingy. We were the only customers in the place. My husband said, no, thanks. can you bring us a menu please? She did but seemed uppity about it. Then our food took 45 minutes to arrive. The waitress never removed our plates when we were finished. We paid the bill while our dirty dishes still sat in front of us. Sorry to go on a rant here but we felt the waitress was somehow using Covid as an excuse for sup-par service. We should have done what you did, right off and walked out before ordering!

    And omgosh, expecting a 97 year old woman to have a laptop and cell phone/email is ridiculous.

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    • Latmospherique September 9, 2020 / 3:59 pm

      I don’t get this scan thing Lisa!
      I mean where are we going with human relationships?
      Thank you for sharing your experience, another one that show how the world is poorly working.


  3. balroop2013 August 20, 2020 / 9:06 pm

    You are so right Marie. Technology sucks! I still struggle with many such issues!

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  4. carrie4myself August 20, 2020 / 10:23 pm

    I am aware of that everyday in the village. My parents, even if they are old have a laptop, my dad uses internet to pay some of his bills, take appointment to the doctor, and sometimes bus things on internet, he prints all the briefing from the meeting in their club so yes he knows. But what about all the elderly people, their friends?! They don’t care, don’t have internet, they simply don’t need it! And the Government talking about the 5G?…. it’s ridiculous.
    I look at those elderly people; they know about enjoying life. We should look at them to enjoy talking, sharing news, calling/phoning, knocking on doors to speak, communicate. They have a real social life.
    In a restaurant, asking for a QR code…. OMG! Totally agree with you.

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    • Latmospherique September 9, 2020 / 3:57 pm

      The world is going mad Carrie!
      Yes they know much more than we do sometimes.
      New technologies are great in a way but not all the time. They kind of separate people from each other.
      Take care.

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      • carrie4myself September 9, 2020 / 11:00 pm

        New technologies could be great, I agree. In town, working with kids yes, but for elderly people, or those leaving in a remote place, they don’t find the use for.
        Listening, smelling, observing, communicating shouldn’t be forgotten.

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  5. lisa thomson-author August 21, 2020 / 1:55 am

    I agree with you, Marie. We feel more like robots now with the lack of human connection IRL.


  6. Sweet-Things August 21, 2020 / 11:32 am

    Business does not care about its customers… How stupid…

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