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July 1, 2013

Rethink set up red fridges around Europe that only Canadian passports would open

Rethink set up red fridges around Europe that only Canadian passports would open

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A fridge full of free beer sounds like a great thing to find sitting on a street corner, but what if you needed a Canadian to open it? That was the puzzle posed by the Rethink advertising agency on behalf of Canada’s Molson brewery. This northern spring, Rethink set up red fridges at various locations around Europe that would only open if a Canadian passport was inserted.

The fridges were set up in Canterbury, London, the White Cliffs of Dover, Cassel in northern France, Brussels, and somewhere in rural Belgium. Along with bottles of Molson beer, the fridge had a plexiglass holder with a spring-loaded catch. Inserting a passport told a computer to capture an image of the passport with a modified webcam. It read the image and if it matched the crest on a Canadian passport, it released the latch on the fridge.

While the stunt was part of an advertising campaign, we're sure a few traveling Canadians also made some new friends as result of the promotion. That is, provided they were carrying their passports with them when called upon.

The video below shows the passport fridge in action.

Source: Rethink via designtaxi

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David Szondy David Szondy is a freelance writer based in Monroe, Washington. An award-winning playwright, he has contributed to Charged and iQ magazine and is the author of the website Tales of Future Past.   All articles by David Szondy
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4 Comments

If any Canadian wants to buddy up that would be much appreciated :)

TechHead
2nd July, 2013 @ 12:22 am PDT

I wonder if they put enough out to go out on a proper "fridge" crawl? Got my passport but its a wee bit far just for "a" free beer.

Wragie
2nd July, 2013 @ 02:45 am PDT

Get's ya right in the pump, eh?

Dan Parker
2nd July, 2013 @ 06:19 pm PDT

Homesick Canadians will open the fridge, drink all the beer, and then get inside the fridge where it will be just like home.

nutcase
2nd July, 2013 @ 07:38 pm PDT
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