Thursday, August 9, 2018

Will scan for food: Homeless relying upon bar and QR codes for donations in a growing cashless society

With more and more individuals and nations moving away from cash and into digital payment systems, there is one area of the population that is quickly losing out on their 'share of the economy'.  And that of course is the ever growing mass of homeless people who often rely on charitable handouts from the people they interact with.

Yet where in the past a panhandler or homeless person would interrupt your day with a phrase like, "Brother can you spare a dime", in today's world that is quickly changing to "Would you scan my bar code".

Homeless people are wearing barcodes around their necks in an attempt to increase donations in a cashless society, under an Oxford University backed initiative. 
A new social innovation project, called Greater Change, hands homeless people a QR code, similar to the kind issued for online tickets.   
Passersby who wish to give money - but who may not have any change in their pocket - can scan the code using their smart phone, and make an online payment to the person. – UK Telegraph


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