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.
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