My Favorite QR Code Fails [Pinterest]

Lately I’ve been having fun on Pinterest, searching for creative ways people are using QR (Quick Response) codes, those 2-dimensional bar codes you scan with your smartphone to view videos, grab contact information, or get deals.

During my QR Code surfing, I’ve found some great/pathetic (depending on your perspective) examples of QR Code fails. I’ve pinned them, of course, so you can see them all at once.

Here are four of my favorites:

The Toilet Tank

QR Code Fail - in a toilet tank

Source: via Blogging Bistro on Pinterest

Is this actually a QR code inside a toilet tank?

Let me lean in there with my smartphone to get a good shot… splash. Oops!

Airport Security

Waiting in line at airport security is boring. Just be careful not to shout, “I want to scan the QR code to learn more about guns and bombs!”


Whee! This QR code spins! Try to capture it with your camera. I dare you.

We Don’t Need No Education

No readin’, ritin’, or ‘rithmetic at our school. QR codes do just fine.

Share links to QR Code Fails you find

Found any good/bad QR codes lately?  Be sure to share a link in the Comments, and I’ll pin it to my board.

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  • Mike Macey | ThinkUp New Media

    Funny post.  Love the toilet tank!  Imagine reading the spinner if you had vertigo!

  • Laura Christianson

    Thanks, Mike. The things people attempt to do with QR codes amaze (and befuddle) me.

  • Curt Kipp

    Possible explanation for the QR code in the toilet tank. Before they were used for marketing, QR codes originally were created to identify and track parts in the manufacturing process. 

  • Laura Christianson

    Makes sense, Curt. You are so smart!

  • Dave Holmes

    I’m sure you’re right, Curt. But it’s still funny!