WEB Notes: Everything is being tracked these days, even giving money to the homeless. Can you believe that? Of course you can! Now the government controls the affairs of the homeless guy on the street corner, hey he needs to pay taxes on those donations.
Homeless people are wearing barcodes around their necks in an attempt to increase donations in a cashless society, under an Oxford University backed initiative.
A new social innovation project, called Greater Change, hands homeless people a QR code, similar to the kind issued for online tickets.
Passersby who wish to give money – but who may not have any change in their pocket – can scan the code using their smart phone, and make an online payment to the person.
The donation goes into an account which is managed by a case worker who ensures that the money is spent on agreed targets, such as saving for a rental deposit or a new passport.