Man gets Covid QR code tattooed on arm to go to McDonald’s

Talk about keen for a Quarter Pounder.

A man has had a QR code permanently tattooed to his arm showing he has a Covid Green Pass and is free to enter McDonald's and other venues.

Andrea Colonnetta, a client of Italian tattoo artist Gabriele Pellerone, had the QR code tattooed on his left arm, according to Mr Pellerone's Instagram.

Video posted to Mr Pellerone's Instagram shows the pair going into a McDonald’s and the QR code being scanned by phone from the man’s arm. He receives a digital certificate approving him to get served.

A QR code for an Italian Green Pass is seen on a man's arm. He's also seen outside a McDonald's with tattoo artist Gabriele Pellerone.
A man got his Green Pass tattooed to his arm by Italian tattoo artist Gabrielle Pellerone. He used it to successfully get into McDonald's. Source: Instagram/ Gabrielle Pellerone

He’s next seen enjoying a cheeseburger.

In a separate post, Mr Pellerone seems surprised the tattooed QR code actually works.

“It seemed like a joke,” he wrote.

“An ironic way of remembering a period of total confusion, a moment that will remain indelible forever, both for me and for him.”

Meaning behind man's QR code tattoo

The QR code on the man’s arm is what is referred to as a Green Pass in Italy.

The Green Pass is a digital or paper certificate that shows if someone has received at least one vaccine jab, has tested negative or has recently recovered from the coronavirus.

They can be produced digitally or on a piece of paper and were introduced on August 6. They are mandatory at venues including gyms, restaurants and museums.

The famous Colosseum in Rome, for example, has checkpoints for Green Passes meaning if anyone visits without a pass they cannot get in. The passes are also mandatory for teachers, students and people using long-distance transport such as planes from September 1.

The government hoped by introducing them it would encourage people to get vaccinated.

However, the Green Passes have also been met with resistance. Just last week people marched in Rome claiming the Green Passes are discriminatory.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza told reporters the passes were introduced “to avoid closures and to safeguard freedom”.

with Reuters

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