Tickets: Why Won't They Scan Barcodes from a Mobile Device?
Why won't Staples Center scan my ticket barcode from my mobile device (mobile phone, iPad, etc.)?
At Monday's game, I tried to have the ticket scanner lady scan my ticket barcode from my mobile phone instead of from a printout of the same. She jerked back the scanner away from my phone and said "unh unh" while shaking her head. I said, "What, you can't scan the barcode?" And she said, "Not from there. I need your paper." Not wanting to hold up the line, I already had the paper version ready and unfolded it for her to scan. Move along...
Am I missing something? Each barcode is a graphical representation of a unique ticket number. When scanned, the number is checked against a database in real-time and the database is amended to show use/redemption. Once the ticket's been used, it's been used. So whether I bring my fancy season ticket holder pre-printed ticket, a Ticketmaster print-out, or display the barcode on my device, as long as it's readable and converted to a valid ticket number, WTF?