Sometimes you want ketchup on your French fries; other times you want to watch porn. Typically those two things are unrelated. Well, not today.

A German guy named Daniel Kroll tested the QR code on a bottle of Heinz Ketchup offering a promotion that ended last year. The QR code lead Kroll to a porn website. Oops.

Kroll wrote to Heinz on Facebook, and posted the picture below.

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Photo: Facebook/Daniel Korell


Here’s a rough translation of Korell’s facebook post:

[pullquote]Your ketchup is probably [wink emoji] not for minors. Maybe you should give the IT Department a heads up – the site I posted comes up when you scan the QR-code on the Heinz bottle. Tested several phones with QR code readers. Oh, for direct input of the URL you get the same result.[/pullquote]


Grub Street discovered why the code sent Kroll to the website filled with porn: apparentlythe company didn’t hold onto the URL once the promotion ended last year, and a porn website called FunDorado took over the URL. For this, the condiment company was extremely apologetic. Grub Street writes,

Not only did Heinz respond to his post and offer to mail a bottle he could customize, but FunDorado made an obligatory EZ Squirt joke and offered Korell a free yearlong pass to its site.

What lessons can we learn from this embarrassment? You should probably hold on to your domains, fam. Also, always call out companies on social media—you just might get free swag.

[via Grub Street, Facebook, UPI]