It’s my first-born daughter’s birthday and this has nothing to do with her.
I was watching something the other day and a character wanted something out of a food dispenser. A young boy came along and asked what he wanted, and then proceeded to put his hand and arm up through the dispenser hole to pull out a few of the desired items.
It brought back childhood memories of trying to use these machines, often inside train stations, where they were popular in England, and being stymied when they did not give the products for which we’d paid. The tradition in England was to give the machine a good shake, to dislodge something, and if that failed, to give the machine a good thump with the fist or a kick. It worked, most times.
I’ve not used a vending machine for well over 30 years.
Things have changed. They used to just give sweets and snacks. Now, you can get electronics. In some countries, you can go to places where only vending machines are available and you can dine off their contents.
I think the connection in my my with my daughter is that, once upon a life, kids used to be why such machines were used, to give a quick satisfaction and also because little kids were thrilled by seeing how things worked. But, I never used them with my child.
Some people found many ways to bilk machines, eg with fake coins or foreign coins of lower value. I’ve known these tricks, eg the old Deutschemark was the same size and weight as an old British 5p coin, which was about 1/10 of the value. British tourists used to load up and get more bang for their pound with this little piece of fraud 🙂