Skip to comments.My amusing encounter with an iPhone kid the other day
Posted on 01/18/2011 3:10:32 AM PST by dennisw
I try not to eat junk so I was at Sweet Tomatoes a few days ago. They are a soup and salad buffet. For the carnivores they always have chicken noodle soup with big pieces of chicken in it and a great full tasting broth. They have passable pizza and very good muffins. In advance I had printed out a coupon from the internet that saves me ~17%. So I get my food and paid the cashier. I look behind me and see this 22 year old holding up his iPhone in front of the cashier. Displaying (you guessed it) the same coupon I had to dick around printing it out. She accepted it.
I said to the kid, "I'm a dinosaur. I had to print it out" This got no reaction from him. Because when you are young you think you will re-invent the world and older people are just in the way
I have that kid beat.
I used to d/l coupons for Tsutaya (a video rental store) in Japan in 2004, then I used my cell phone to pay for it.
Yeah , I have seen the arrogant young flashing tech toys too. If times get as hard as I expect them to, maybe he can use that fancy phone to dig a garden and survive.
Do you happen to know if Groupon is smart phone and iPhone oriented? I know you can get Groupon on a desktop computer but it seems to me the target demographic is the smart phone users. They are a desirable demographic of young spenders.
Plus Groupon seems to be something you acess while on the run. So more smart phone oriented
I guess he needed the 17% savings to pay for his data plan.
What was he supposed to say? "Yeah, you really are old, man." Would that have made your day? He's a 22 yr old kid who takes for granted the stuff we never had at that age.
Yes, there’s a Groupon app for iPhone. Also Valupak and similar coupon clipper type apps.
You’re still taking a gamble with app-based coupons that you’ll run into someone who doesn’t know how to (or want to) take an app-based coupon, so paper is still better for now, in my opinion.
Don’t pay too much mind to the dweeb’s arrogance. He’s just a prissy iPrude.
Come on now. Wasn’t this post really just an ad for your eatery?
Not sure if it’s just age though, because i saw a middle aged Asian couple check in for a flight with boarding passes on their phones this summer. i was agog. now i have an iphone and i still probably couldn’t figure out how to do that.
I have some of those county skillz and have some fruit trees growing. The soft urbanized young with their tech toys could care less about that. But you can't eat a virtual garden. Are you aware that one of the biggest on-line games is Farmville? Where you become a pretend farmer and see how well you can do stacked up against other virtual farmers.
I have a strange feeling that real farmers are having fun with this game too. If not them then their children are. I can see their kids wanting to play Farmville rather than raise a 4H heifer or tend the chickens
Yup I own Sweet Tomatoes which has 300 restaurants nationwide
You can figure it out. Just takes some time. For the kids it's more like second nature.
Obviously all ages are using iPhones and smart phones. It's just that the usage skews towards the young.
You used a computer and printer. Why didn’t you use a stone and chisel? Show-off.
Did you drive a car to the restuarant, or did you take a horse and buggy? Show-off! :-)
But did you have to swipe the cellphone in front of an RFID receiver to do it? That's how the FeliCa near-field communications (NFC) payment system commonly used in Japan works. There are reports that the iPhone 5 will include NFC, and that could be BAD news for Japanese "feature" cellphone manufacturers because people in Japan love the iPhone except for the lack of NFC needed for FeliCa.
I went to Radio Shack a while back to buy a resistor. The kid didn’t know what a resistor was but he noticed my old cell phone and tried to sell me a new one, arguing that, “You can’t even take a picture with that thing.”
You can also have boarding passes sent to your phone these days :) no printing involved!
iPhone? He is a dinosaur. Droids are the new thing.
You are assuming the original poster could tell an iPhone from a Droid phone.
www.couponclipper.com has an Iphone app.
I saw somebody do that a few months ago. They had to zoom in on the barcode for the person at the gate to scan it.
I’m trying to figure out how you are supposed to check in for your flight from home the night before. Doesn’t that violate basic laws of physics. “Checking in” means “I am here” the last time I checked. Not, I’m somewhere in the metro area.
Very good. I can't tell the difference right now. But I did say to the kid, "I saw that coupon on your iPhone". He did not say it was a droid. He wanted to be on his way and eat his lunch so may not have wanted to bother correcting me.
Plus the average person figures any smart phone he sees is an iPhone. The word iPhone becomes generic for all smart phones
If the kid wanted to use a coupon pictured on his phone, then I would have to take his phone (with coupon displayed)and place in the cash drawer with the other coupons.
*Or I could just e-mail him a picture of the product he purchased and call it even.
Groupon has an Android app.
I’m 54 and I use virtual coupons on my NOOK for coffee at the B&N coffee shop. And I’m OVER IT.
But they're still painful when they get inflamed....
Can we do the same thing with an iPad?
No one wants to like the people who thought computers were just a fad.
Imagine that, easier and faster ways to blow your money! Does it automatically fill you bank account while you sleep too?
Is this really an “encounter”? I’ve been using coupon apps for a while now (Scoutmob has some of the best deals in my area). My fiancee and I often choose to try new places based on where we can get a Scoutmob deal. It’s a good way for bars and restaurants to bring in new people.
Was that the Sweet Tomatoes at Cypress Creek and Andrews?
An iPad will run any iPhone app so there’s no reason you couldn’t.
I’ve been using Restaurants.com. Dennis-—You should check it out especially for the Cannoli Kitchen certificate. I used two of them. The first time for a pizza and a dinner and the second time for two pizzas. Those pizzas were so good that the second time I didn’t want to waste the certificate on just regular dinner. Cannoli Kitchen located near corner of Commericial & University.
I never saw someone flash a coupon on a smart phone before. It never occurred to me that it could be done
This got no reaction from him. Because when you are young you think you will re-invent the world and older people are just in the way
Your takeaway from the encounter is odd, IMO.
This kid wasn’t trying to reinvent anything, just taking advantage of the world as it exists today, due to his familiarity with the tools available to him.
As for his thoughts about you ... you probably reminded him of his parents ...
Bart: Dad, what's the point of this story?
Homer: I like stories.
I look instead at what you and the whippersnapper have in common: choosing the same place for lunch and clipping coupons, both somewhat metaphorically.
The young man is forced to be a cheap bastard otherwise his data plan will go into arrears. I’ll bet he didn’t leave a tip. Why? Because he’s the iPhone generation
The coupon was downloaded onto the screen of the phone and shown to the clerk, who scanned the block code. The payment was FeliCa.
I recommend you get the free Scoutmob app (if you have an iPhone or Android phone). The restaurant discounts are pretty big, typically 50% off up to $20 or so, and I’ve tried some new places based on seeing them on my list. Unlike Groupon or some others where you buy the coupon in advance, you don’t have to pay anything to use the Scoutmob discount. The server just reads the code off your phone and marks the coupon used.
(No, I didn’t make the app or know who did. I’ve just saved a pretty good chunk of money by using it.)
Hong Kong's Octupus payment card system uses the FeliCa format, but last I heard they haven't integrated it with any cellphones sold in Hong Kong.
“Those are not the droids you are looking for.” Obe Wan
I did this on my Android awhile back. Forgot the emailed coupon and so when I got to the cashier and explained my dilemma, she asked if my phone gets email and I said yes and got the coupon on my phone. She was able to get the SKU number and I got my savings.
I foresee a day when this will be more commonplace. As it is,you can download a app just by using your bar scanner to
read your monitor.
So how long are retailers going to keep using coupons when everyone in line is downloading them after seeing the person ahead of them use on?
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