To stop shopping at Tesco if ^this^ is introduced?

(52 Posts)
Syrupent Mon 04-Nov-13 15:39:30

Tesco plan to introduce a facial recognition scanner to allow adverts specific to your age and gender to be targetted to you at the till. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24803378
This seems overly intrusive and would put me off shopping there, AIBU?

Positive side is it's one of Alan Sugar's products, so probably wont work anyway.

Does sound like a load of pointless bollocks really.

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 15:41:32

No, wouldn't put me off. I love Shop and Scan too much. blush

notundermyfoof Mon 04-Nov-13 15:42:22

Didn't that happen in minority report?

HopeS01 Mon 04-Nov-13 15:42:24

Wow, not sure whether you're being unreasonable or not, shop wherever you like smile but personally I think that's amazing!

Isildur Mon 04-Nov-13 15:42:26

But it won't store your image or anything. It's a harmless gimmick.

It sounds like expensive rubbish, most people are immune to advertising, and I'm always too busy fiddling with cards/money/receipts etc. to be looking at ads.

Fine if it just generally directs something at me, a sort of middle aged woman

Wouldn't find it fine if it actually recognised me and was linked to a club card if you had one (I don't)

Lunaballoon Mon 04-Nov-13 15:44:43

Hmmm .. not sure if I would stop shopping there, but I would absolutely hate it.

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 15:44:55

I hope it can judge ages well, I don't want to be advertised at with pensioners products. grin I will wear full make up to Tesco in future.

"most people are immune to advertising"

Nah, most people think they are immune to advertising. Those people are usually an advertisers dream!

LoofahVanDross Mon 04-Nov-13 15:45:14

Eh? How will it work. Tell you what you should buy once you are passing through the checkout? What is the point in that?

I would have to punch it if it recommended denture glue or tena pads.

kim147 Mon 04-Nov-13 15:45:16

I bet some people would wear a bracelet with a microchip in which recognised you and targeted specific adverts based on your shopping if it meant you'd get a discount.

I'd want to test it to see what it made of me grin

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Nov-13 15:45:57

Exactly Loofah or 'Just for Men' or something. Or maybe some Durex? shock

Vatta Mon 04-Nov-13 15:46:00

I have issues with sensory overload (connected to dyspraxia) so having actual moving adverts in my face at the till, on top of all the normal supermarket stress, would tip me over the edge - definitely wont shop there anymore if its introduced.

Appreciate that's a minority issue though!

Tbh I give it a matter of days after rolling it out before it's causing widespread offense by guessing ages and genders wrong.

FeijoaVodkaIsThirstyForVodka Mon 04-Nov-13 15:47:29

Sounds as useful as the Google cookies that show me ads for sites I've just been on and therefore don't need telling about.

DreamlessSleep Mon 04-Nov-13 15:48:08

I do mine online so it doesn't bother me.

LoofahVanDross Mon 04-Nov-13 15:51:04

Sparkling grin

A ridiculous idea. All i'm interested in at the checkout is getting out of the shop and home asap.

Tee2072 Mon 04-Nov-13 15:52:14

Considering most people don't look 'their age', or at least I can never tell age, I wouldn't sorry about it too much.

I'm 44. Most people think I'm about 34.

Also grin Goths.

LoofahVanDross Mon 04-Nov-13 15:53:18

I don't want any more delays, it is bad enough listening to , would you like bags, would you like me to pack, this week you have saved x amount on your shopping. are you collecting the whatever vouchers, here are 6 coupons for x,x,x,x,x,x. Yeah just STFU and give me my shopping. The face bollox on top will send me into shoprage.

Fenton Mon 04-Nov-13 15:56:10

I could live with that.

Until the ads start coming up with surgical stockings, blue rinse, prune juice and a copy of People's Friend,

then I may get the hump with the facial fucking recognition scanner.

MyMotherHadMeTested Mon 04-Nov-13 15:58:00

Gah, I can just imagine the pitfalls of this... I already get ragey when they authorise the "clearly over 25" box for buying booze without even giving me a second glance. Admittedly I am clearly over 25 but it still stings a bit grin

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Mon 04-Nov-13 15:58:52

I still get ID'd despite being 32.

I'd get loads of teenaged wank advertised at me.

What if it gets personal? Starts offering Iron tablets, Slim Fast or wrinkle cream?

People might find that a bit rude.

samandi Mon 04-Nov-13 15:59:57

The bloody things don't work without introducing all these gimmicks half the time anyway. How the hell are they going to manage doing that? I doubt it'd be that effective.

So long as the adverts (i) didn't hinder the scanning/paying process, and (ii) weren't intrusive I wouldn't have a problem with it in theory though. If they were talking adverts or took up too much room on the screen that would be seriously off-putting.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 04-Nov-13 16:02:43

I'd never shop at Tesco because every store is a joyless hellhole, but I do love the idea of facial recognition scanners. My face is so awfully unique no bugger could ever pass themselves off as me. They'd have to use fairground mirrors and prosthetics, and even the most cunning of thieves would sack it off as too much effort for a trolley full of crud.

samandi Mon 04-Nov-13 16:04:14

The length of someone's hair could be used to work out their gender, she said.

Hmm, so short-haired, young looking women will get acne cream for teenage boys targeted at them? And long haired 30 year old men might be offered Canestan Oral?

I can relate to the sensory overload issue Vetta - I probably have attention deficit tendencies. Though it might be a minority that find it a significant problem I think you might find a surprising number of people put off by this much "in your face" noise and hassle!

LoofahVanDross Mon 04-Nov-13 16:04:23

pmsl - shatner

Sorry Vatta not Vetta - kind of typifies my typical kind of problem smile

Syrupent Mon 04-Nov-13 16:07:18

Yes think it was in Minority report Notundermyfoof, but wasn't that a dystopian future- hope that's not where we are headed! For now mostly worried it will mistake me for an old man (short hair and a bit saggy!).

Pogosticks Mon 04-Nov-13 16:07:32

I'd probably get 'Hello Sir we have a special offer on Old Spice' as I have short hair and look old and haggard. We'd need a whole new topic on here to be outraged in!!

DameDeepRedBetty Mon 04-Nov-13 16:07:42

I've already scored a victory over the nearest filling station by telling them if they continued to use the screens and loudspeakers built into every pump to chunter advertising at me I'd be using the other filling station. It's the same price and not much further, and is on my regular route anyway. I think some other people complained too. Anyway, job done, they've turned the sodding things off.

frustratedandfailing Mon 04-Nov-13 16:08:30

Wonder if they will be selling Electric Sheep too...

Nope YANBU.

ImTenAPenny Mon 04-Nov-13 16:09:21

My bf would have a field day massive rant if this happened and I think he would go as far as boycott the shops that use them..

He is big on privacy and against reward cards and Hates giving his details out if he is ordering online.
Me? I'd probably still use them and imagine it would be a great ego boost when they market age 20-30yr old product to a well aged 40 something.

DiseasesOfTheSheep Mon 04-Nov-13 16:09:35

Facebook can rarely recognise me in photos so I can't imagine this gimmick would do any better... Which is odd as I honestly don't resemble a picasso portrait in RL, honest!

TSSDNCOP Mon 04-Nov-13 16:10:12

In other news sales of balaclavas as quadrupled overnight.

Beat that facial sensory detector grin

HenriettaBrain Mon 04-Nov-13 16:10:21

Really?? If probably get some hair dye to cover he grey, some wrinkle cream and a large box of slim fast. hmm

DaleyBump Mon 04-Nov-13 16:10:25

I would probably get quite offended if I got to the till and they were advertising me tenas or something grin

RevelsRoulette Mon 04-Nov-13 16:11:13

God no. Can you imagine? Thank you for shopping at Tesco, Revels. <beep beep of scan> Here's a money off voucher for tena lady.

Chattymummyhere Mon 04-Nov-13 16:22:51

What if your with your partner/kids/in a group??

It would just try and sell me wine if it linked to our club card

ErrolTheDragon Mon 04-Nov-13 17:20:46

Everyone could just whip on a niquab or a mask at the till - that'd confuse the system grin

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mouldyironingboard Thu 07-Nov-13 16:46:07

Judging by the way I look today, I'd get adverts for frizz ease hair products and eye bag concealer. I'll be flattered if adverts for tampons appeared as I'm well past the menopause!

Coupon Thu 07-Nov-13 17:35:32

YANBU. Agree with wearing a mask to confuse the system!

Couldn't care less. I'm either talking to the dds if they're with me or listening to my iPod if they're not! I just want to get the hell out of there asap, I don't have time to be looking at the screen smile

wispywoo1 Thu 07-Nov-13 18:42:29

Don't Tesco already store information on you due to club cards etc? I don't understand how facial recognition will make any difference. They can probably already guess your age bracket/demographics.

Coupon Thu 07-Nov-13 18:46:20

> Don't Tesco already store information on you due to club cards etc?

Only if you sign up for one.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 07-Nov-13 18:48:26

Imagine if it gets your gender wrong! You'd be able to sue for trauma grin

Hassled Thu 07-Nov-13 18:50:29

It wouldn't put me off - I'd be fascinated to see what the hell they offer me ad-wise.

Youtube seem to think I'm a middle aged man, or a middle aged gay woman. Every single time I'm there I'm offered Mature Ladies Dating or somesuch - pictures of slightly rough looking women in badly furnished bedrooms. I'm a middle aged straight woman with some taste in soft furnishings.

fanjofarrow Thu 07-Nov-13 18:52:26

I bet they offer me ads for a load of utter shite that I couldn't care less about. Nothing new there, then. grin

Opalite Fri 08-Nov-13 12:04:51

Ugh, YANBU YANBU YANBU and I agree! I hope that if Tesco do introduce this then other supermarkets don't follow suit. I don't really like the way things are going in terms of new intrusive technology being introduced to the public in these ways

Fakebook Fri 08-Nov-13 12:12:38

I read about this the other day and my first reaction was "shit what if they start putting on advertisements for Zimmer frames when I'm standing there?!"

I find the whole concept a bit intrusive. What if they start scanning your smart phone and putting on advertisments for the things you've browsing at? That would be embarrassing.

I think they should give the customer an opt out option by pressing an off button on the screen.

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