Why Update A MenuBoard Digitally When You Have Duct Tape Handy?



This is just all kinds of awesome – as relayed by a regular reader.

It’s a digital display used by a BBQ/pulled pork food concession at the big international auto show in Toronto.

It appears the concession went out of stock on an item, and in the absence of having the tools or even knowing how to update this butt-ugly template, the operator just grabbed some duct tape and used it right on the screen to block out the item.


More evidence Canadians are sophisticated as hell. And inventive.

Dave Haynes

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Editor/Founder at Sixteen:Nine
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for more than a decade. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He's based near Toronto.
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  • Jeff Dumo says:

    Not sure where you find this stuff Dave–but I love it! Perhaps this is due to the size of the restaurant chain? I was speaking to a store manager as a national bagel brand where one of his digital displays was experiencing similar challenges. He noted that “it takes forever to get corporate to respond out here (paraphrased).” Curious if this chain faces similar challenges? Either way, it’s a operational workflow sin!

    • Dave Haynes says:

      I don’t know, but guessing this is a one-off concession, staffed by a couple of 17-year-olds, with a display powered by a USB drive. Two kids looking at each other and saying, “I’m sick of people asking for the BBQ Pork Panini when we don’t have any *(**(&!! paninis! But I dunno how to change that damn thing, do you?”

      And then they saw the roll of duct tape …

  • Mark Radford says:

    Did you guys run into any of the interactive technology at the show? Lexus, Volkswagen, and or Audi had some awesome stuff. I am hoping Dave you post a small briefing of the Toronto Autoshow. I saw alot of great tech from touch tables to touch car spec stands… Love to hear your thoughts on it.

    • Dave Haynes says:


      Sorry, but I didn’t get a chance to go personally, though auto shows like Detroit and Toronto certainly look like great environments for using big digital and interactive screens.

  • HAHAHA Hilarious.. We all know how making a change on a display like this should take no time whatsoever! ..but end users don’t and that means opportunity!

  • Lark Ireri says:

    Just Hilarious..and Canadian

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