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Influencer thrilled to use RFID implant to pay for groceries at Whole Foods: 'That's the coolest thing ever!'
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Influencer thrilled to use RFID implant to pay for groceries at Whole Foods: 'That's the coolest thing ever!'

A woman who goes by "CHIP GIRL™️" recently shared a video of herself allegedly purchasing groceries using a chip implanted in her hand, which she originally had inserted as a security mechanism.

The woman, Burgundy Waller, has amassed a TikTok following of 4.8 million followers and often posts about having a radio frequency identification chip implanted in her hand. She had the implant put in between her thumb and index finger, according to Unilad.

"Chip Girl" reportedly first got the chip installed as a replacement for having to use keys in her front door and household cupboards.

A new firmware update allegedly allowed the woman to pay for groceries using her hand for the first time.

"I'm at Whole Foods and I'm about to pay for my groceries with my hand," Waller said in a video posted to Twitter.

"Did it work?" Waller asked as she placed her hand and wrist over the payment processor.

"That's the coolest thing ever," she said after a beep confirmed her transaction.

Waller has previously posted about her RFID chip; a July 2023 video featured captions that read "My name is chip girl ... because I have a chip inside my hand ... it's used as a key to open doors ... the doors to our house."

@chipgirlhere Chip girl here, my hand is a key 🔑
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RFID chips used for security protocols have long been in use in countries like Sweden, as written about on CNET in 2015.

Employees for the high-tech office campus called Epicenter in Sweden began using chip implants to open doors and operate machinery in place of key cards.

"Today it's a bit messy — we need PIN codes and passwords. Wouldn't it be easy to just touch with your hand? That's really intuitive," a man named Hannes Sjoblad said at the time. In fact, he was allegedly convincing enough that a BBC News technology correspondent decided to be voluntarily chipped for a report.

In 2018, NPR reported that over 4,000 Swedes had been chipped by a company started by a body piercer.

"Having different cards and tokens verifying your identity to a bunch of different systems just doesn't make sense," said founder Jowan Osterlund. "Using a chip means that the hyper-connected surroundings that you live in every day can be streamlined."

One woman even claimed that the chip "basically solves [her] problems," as she used it to share her LinkedIn details at networking events to avoid having to spell out her name.

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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