Have you ever felt guilty because you’ve been asked for some change by a homeless person but you’ve had none on you to give? In China a rather novel way to get around this has sprung up. At least one homeless man’s spare change basket has been seen baring a QR code specificallyally designed to take payments from passersby.
According to the Huffington Post a homeless man in Shandong province has been given the QR code by his family. Other internet users in China are reporting that local homeless people are using the popular messaging app WeChat to help them with their begging too.
In China QR code is much more widespread than it is in the West. QR codes are everywhere and the main difference is that most people actually use them. In fact it is very common for you to exchange your personal details with someone via WeChat by having them scan your QR code.
It would be interesting to see if electronic begging would catch on in the West if QR codes became as ubiquitous as they are in China. Maybe it is just a matter of time before we start seeing some tech savvy homeless people hitting the streets of Western cities too.
Source: Huffington Post