Heinz Apologies for Porn QR Code on a Ketchup Bottle

By James O Malley on at

Shocking news out of Germany today as it has emerged that yes, finally, at last, someone has actually scanned a QR code that has been printed on a product.

Though unfortunately for Daniel Korell, who scanned the code on a bottle of Heinz Ketchup, was that rather than bring up the competition page he was expecting, it instead linked to a German porn site called Fundorado. Whoops.

According to The Local, the reason it happened isn't because of hijinks in the Heinz factory, but because the domain name that the company had registered for the contest expired in 2014; Fundorado had since snapped it up and therefore was directing unsuspecting ketchup consumers it to its own sex-video website.

After complaining about the error on Facebook, Heinz apparently responded saying rather robotically "we really regret the event very much and we're happy to take your suggestions for how we implement future campaigns on board".

And to make it up to Daniel, the company has apparently offered him the chance to design his own ketchup bottle and have it printed, which was the original contest. [The Local via The Indy]