A MAN has had his Tesco Clubcard permanently tattooed on his arm after repeatedly forgetting to take it to the supermarket.
Dean Mayhew, a scaffolder from Horsham, says although he shops at Tesco up to three times a day, he regularly has to pay more because he forgot his loyalty card.
After several months of deliberation, the 30-year-old had his card’s QR code tattooed on his right forearm.
Now he collects Clubcard points and gets discounts on groceries with every purchase.
“People just say it’s just like me — sometimes I’m not the smartest of guys, but they’ve said it’s pretty awesome for me,” Dean said.
“I have seven kids and I’m in there all the time – probably three times a day I’d say.
“I’ve been thinking about getting [the tattoo] for the last three to four months. Every time I go in they ask if I have my club card but it’s always at home or I’ve lost it.”
Dean spent half an hour getting the tattoo at A Star Tattoo in Surrey earlier this month before heading to a Tesco Express to see if it worked.
“I tried the self checkout, but it was kind of awkward to use because I didn’t do it right, so I said, ‘Let me go to the guy at the register.’ I went up there and it worked,” Dean said. “He could not believe it.
“Every time I go in there they’re shocked and it’s good to see people’s faces. I could use this on my phone but I want to use this on my arm because it’s funny.
“Anything you can do with a normal club card, I can do with my arm. The tattoo is still in the healing process at the moment and is still scabbed.
“I don’t know if it will still work once it’s healed, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I have no regrets – I’m not one of those people.
“I don’t think it looks bad – I think it looks pretty cool.”
Dean’s tattoo artist, Dan Rossetter, said he had never asked a customer for a Tesco Clubcard in his 12-year career.
“First I said, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ But I saw the fun in it and I was like, ‘let’s do it,'” he said.
“I was worried about how well it was likely to work given the complicated barcode involved, but Dean was pretty laid back and wanted the fun aspect – he said if it didn’t work it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
“I did the tattoo and we went to the checkout and a person with a scanner tried it and it worked right away. Dean’s face lit up and I realized it was actually working.
“I think I’m always a fun, outgoing guy anyway, so there was a bit of banter and there’s the element that it’s a brilliant idea – it’s not something that would have popped into my head, to be honest I didn’t think so it pretty cool.”
Dean also admitted he had thought about getting a Nectar card when he shops at Sainsbury’s – because he often forgets to do that too.
“I’ve thought about getting another one, but that’s a whole other matter,” he said. “I switch between Sainsburys and Tescos quite often.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20579190.horsham-man-gets-tesco-clubcard-tattooed-arm-kept-forgetting/?ref=rss Horsham man gets Tesco clubcard tattooed on arm after keeps forgetting it