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QR code on Heinz ketchup bottle led customer to porn website

By Scorpus
Jun 19, 2015
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    Heinz has apologized to a German customer this week after a QR code affixed to one of their older ketchup bottles led the man to a hardcore porn website by mistake.

    From 2012 to 2014, Heinz ketchup bottles produced in Germany featured a QR code on the front that, when scanned, allowed customers to order a customized bottle via a promotional website. However, after the promotion finished, Heinz let the domain registration expire, allowing the website to be sezied by a porn website operator.

    The German man who discovered that the domain had transformed into a porn site first thought that it must have been a mistake, but after he tried the QR code on several other devices and got the same result, he posted a complaint on Heinz' Facebook page.

    The complaint stated that Heinz should be able to afford domain renewal for one of their promo websites, at least until well after the bottles are available to be purchased. He definitely has a point: a major company like Heinz shouldn't let one of their key domains expire just a year after it was used on a physical product.

    As part of their apology, Heinz said they would send a customized bottle to the affected man anyway. And not to be outdone, the porn website the QR code now redirects to, FunDorado, offered the man a free year-long subscription to their website.

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  2. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    Would you like Ketchup with your hot dog? Sorry, couldn't resist.
     
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  3. Companies should not create independent domains for projects like this. They should create SUBdomains of their primary domain. So you have specialdeal.heinz.com (or specialdeal.heinz.de) instead of specialheinzdeal.com (or .de). The difference is that nobody can make subdomains but the real domain holder. This guarantees that a subdomain site belongs to the domain holder. Independent domains can be spoofed by others registering similar names or names that are a keystroke error away from the intended domain. And of course, independent domains can lapse and be sucked up by others. Can't happen with a subdomain.
     
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +528

    No, he wants Ketchup on his Schnitzel ;P
     
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  5. Satish Mallya

    Satish Mallya TS Addict Posts: 125   +92

    Weiner-Schnitzel, you mean :p

    German food puns are the Wurst.
     
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  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,514   +2,058

    I don't see what the all the fuss is about, in fact I think it is very apt... I'm mean Heinz ketchup is supposed to be saucy, not so?
     
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,514   +2,058

    I relish the fact that you've mustard the strength to ketchup to me. :oops::D
     
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  8. *slow clap*
     
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Was it titled like this? -

    Just look at what she can do with a ketchup bottle!
     
  10. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 136   +23

    Offered a free 1 year subscription.... Ah the world we live in today...
     
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  11. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 818   +231

    Hey, the guy made out well, free customized bottle AND free porn for a year. BTW, took a look at the site (was curious) and they put information about this story on there, I can't read German but the title is Ketchup-porno-affair.
     

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