Someone brought this accidental QR Code usage to my attention last August, but thanks to Fred Trotter, O’Reilly Radar’s open source health blogger, who happened to be flying through Orlando recently, I now have photographic proof!
Unfortunately the truth in this case is far more benign. My QR Code was accidentally used as a stand-in by whomever designed the poster, and was never checked before it went to press—not to mention anytime in the four months since it’s been on display.
Today I found out that BlackBerry India ran an ad (not unlike their current homepage) prominently displaying my QR Code on the front page of the Hindi-language Dainik Bhaskar (specifically the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh editions), which apparently has one of the highest daily paid circulations in the world. The error is particularly ironic given that the ad touts a new “add friend by QR Code” feature—apparently I’m a very special friend.
Palash Karia, who gave me the heads up, snapped a quick camera phone pic for me: