I got barcode from my store reward card TATTOOED on my arm because I always forget it – and it works!

A CANNY shopper got the barcode from his store reward card tattooed on his arm because he was always forgetting it.

The man can be seen using the novel way he came up with to get his points in a TikTok video which has now gone viral.

In the short footage he can be seen at a checkout buying a $1.95 bottle of Sprite – so far, all pretty normal.

But then after scanning the fizzy drink bottle, he leans over and put his left arm over the sensor.

And the sensor read it successfully.

“Ah see,” the man can be heard saying after the system read his barcode tattoo.

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“Your Everyday Rewards card has been added,” it said.

“See it worked,” he told his friend while pointing at the screen.

The ingenious “tattoo hack” has attracted plenty of attention with many calling it the “ultimate time saver”.

One impressed commentator called it “iconic”.

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Another joked: “I’m getting one.”

While a third added: “How dedicated to Woolworths are you?”

A Woolies employee who said they had previously served the man said he had told colleagues about it but “no one believed him”.


“I told my manager about it and no one believed me. You gotta come in again and show us.”

Many other commentators joked the clip had inspired them to get the barcode from their store cards, such as Coles and Flybuys, tattooed on their arms.

One said: “Brb getting my staff card tattooed.”

Another wrote: “Me putting the mymaccas loyalty card on my wrist.”

Nando’s Australia also got in on the act, saying: “We need this with our PERi-Perks barcode.”

Some people worried it wouldn’t work, with one person writing: “Imagine getting the tattoo and it didn’t work”.

“Yo bad if they stop everyday rewards,” another added.

The clip picked up half a million views in just 24 hours with some wanting to see a close-up video of the tattoo after questioning if it was real.

Last year, Emilia Lau, a Brisbane film producer, posted a video of herself testing out a fake inking on her wrist which featured the words “Made in Australia”, News.com.au reports.

She tried several self-serve check-outs at her local Woolies store in Kelvin Grove in Brisbane, before one finally worked.

However, while it scanned, Emilia told TikTokkers the system said: “Invalid. Staff assistance.”

“I knew a guy who got a Spam barcode tattooed on him and it worked,” one person wrote.

In August last year, Italian student Andrea Colonnetta, 22, became a TikTok sensation after he got the barcode from his Covid certificate tattooed on his arm.

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The underside of Colonnetta's left arm now bears a matrix of black squares from the QR code of his official Italian green pass.

Colonnetta, from the southern city of Reggio Calabria, told the Corriere della Calabria newspaper: "It's certainly something original, I like to be different."

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