Residents of Tatarstan with QR codes offer their services to those who do not —

Photo: Maxim Platonov

Any whim for your money

Residents of Tatarstan are quickly adapting to the new reality – a life with QR codes. While some complain of being deprived of the possibility of having fun, and these are first of all those who have not received a vaccine against the coronavirus, others are taking advantage of the situation to earn money. Those QR codes have only been in effect since October 11, enterprising residents of the republic who are willing to go to shopping malls and other places with the pass system and perform any task have already posted advertisements on the Internet.

The starting price for Tatarstan QR businessmen is 300 rubles. But the bill does not only include the service itself – it will also be necessary to pay for additional functions. In general, many indicate that the salary is negotiable, it depends on the amount of tasks.

It is worth noting that people with QR codes are ready to perform any task. Realnoe Vremya managed to contact one of these entrepreneurs from Kazan. When asked by the correspondent if he was ready to go to a mall, buy things, bring them to the customer to try them, bring them back to the store, the answer was affirmative without hesitation with a detailed description of how much and why he asked for money. The total amount of such work will cost the wallet of a citizen of Kazan without a QR code 700 rubles, that is, twice as much as the starting price indicated in the ad.

Another entrepreneur from Kazan said that his salary depends on the amount of things to buy and the distance he would have to travel to get to the mall and to the customer. In general, he is ready to bring whatever his car can hold.

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Similar QR services are also offered in Naberezhnye Chelny. There is a desire to help the citizens of the city of trucks and to collect their orders in the malls, even if they are important purchases.

QR jobs

Residents of Tatarstan who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus and who have not had the disease must have forgotten about shopping in malls since Monday. They don’t have QR codes, which means they won’t be allowed into malls. The latter have to worry about the check themselves, therefore vacancies for QR code checkers have arisen.

Mega, Trade Assembly on Yamashev Street and Azinsky Business Center are looking for a specialist who will check QR codes. It will be necessary to work from the opening to the last customer, so to speak, until the closing. These establishments are ready to pay inspectors who do not allow violations 1,600 rubles per shift, or up to 30,000 rubles per month.

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Meanwhile, some employers search for ordinary workers with QR codes. In Kazan, for example, Megastroy published such requirements for a vacant post of a storekeeper.

No alternative to the reality of the QR code

Residents of the republic learned about the introduction of QR codes in Tatarstan on October 11 last week. Now one can enter public catering establishments, enjoy services at sports venues, at swimming pools, gymnasiums, water parks, be in shopping malls, commercial entertainment centers and complexes, and retail stores not food on an area of ​​more than 400 square meters only with a QR code that vaccinated people and those who have had COVID-19 receive.

Restaurant owners and shopping malls have been unhappy with the tightened COVID-19 restrictions. They fear that customer traffic will suddenly drop. Nowadays, the number of unvaccinated people in Tatarstan, that is, those who cannot shop in malls or eat in cafes, is higher than those who have been vaccinated. By the way, 53% of the surveyed residents of Tatarstan do not like the QR code system.

32.5% of Tatarstan respondents who think the measure will have an effect approve of the authorities’ decision. Representatives of science and education, construction and real estate, IT and telecommunications make up the majority of supporters of the authorities’ initiative. Mainly lawyers, people working in medicine and pharmacy are against QR codes.

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In response to complaints and dissatisfaction, the Kazan Kremlin says there is no other option. Nothing is scheduled to be canceled yet. “Can the coronavirus be repelled? Can the spread of infection be delayed? Give the infection a month and say: “The infection, come on, don’t spread for a month, and we will be vaccinated gradually,” said the head of the press service of the President of Tatarstan, Liliya Galimova, in response. to the question whether the Tatarstan authorities would respond to the restaurant owners’ petition to postpone the introduction of QR codes.

The Tatarstan office of the Russian consumer rights protection body explained that the system was introduced, firstly, to increase the number of people vaccinated against the coronavirus, secondly, to reduce contact among crowded people, thereby reducing the spread of the incidence of COVID-19.

The first results of the effectiveness of the QR code system should appear in two weeks.

Tatiana Dyomina


Rose D. Jones