In Venezuela food, cosmetics, toiletries and even toothpaste are being rationed because of government policies extricating foreign corporations from Venezuela.
As a means of controlling the available supply of these products, Venezuelan authorities are now marking human beings with serial numbers and in some cases barcodes. It is applied with permanent marker and takes hours to remove.
These numbers or barcodes allow government officials waiting outside supermarkets to know whether you’ve had your quota of goods for the week or month. All out? Well you’re screwed then.