An Ode to the Code: 2021 Was the Year of the QR Code

A bright spot in the year of overwhelming tech

A QR code menu with a table number card and a face mask

There, on the table, stood a tiny, laminated card with a QR code. On one side, it said “Menu” — on the other, “Drinks.” When we got the bill, at the bottom it said “No need to tip! We’ve included a service charge, just scan the code and pay.” Each time I scanned it, I warmed up to the QR codes…