In 1984, attending college in Violette Hall (the math department), there was a drop cup vending machine that sold a cup of soda for 15 cents (can dispensing machines sold for a quarter). It would drop the cup, then dispense the ice and the soda. It was crushed ice. Not ice cubes or ice pellets, but 1970's style crushed ice. I guess you had to be then to appreciate it. It was late fall and decided to buy a soda from the machine. I pushed the button, quickly moved my hands to be near the cup dispenser just in case I needed to be ready for an emergency (you know what I mean), but everything was fine. When I stood up, I noticed a little light was lit on the machine. Was it lit before? It said something like, "you won a free soda." I'd never noticed it before. Was it true? Did it actually mean I'd won something? Sure enough, when I pushed the dispensing button again, I got another cup of soda! I never win anything, so how cool was that? But now, I had to go to class, and I needed two hands free to carry my two cups, haha! Ah, good times, good memories. Do you have any nice memories of vending machines, or the products inside them, or funny stories?
>>15095385Where can I read your blog?(I'm serious)
>>15095385There was a snack vending machine at the neighborhood pool and my favorite thing to get in between sessions of masturbation using the pool jets on my adolescent peen was Ruger. I never saw Roger anywhere else or since then. That was in the 1990s
>>15095385As a kid in the 80's and into the early 90's I had a knack for finding machines that had faulty coin return buttons. I worked out that by rapidly striking the coin return I could get some older machines to barf up several dollars in change which I would feed back into the machine to get candy. I would keep most of it but also took to bringing some to school for the candy black market.
>>15095385A vending machine at my high school had a pretty decent chance of serving 2 drinks
>>15095385My Fraternity house has a beer vending machine
pretty sure some walmart vending machine liked to spit out multiple drinks if you spam clicked a button, they'd be random too was always fun to get random shit for free
Would use the vending machine at work every morning to get some plastic wrapped sammiches, a chocolate bar, and some dirty coffee. Felt good.
>>15095664You can buy them online you know
>>15095385Jesus christ how old are you??
>>15095426Same, I love stuff like this.
>>15095385there was a cigarette (by the pack) vending machine in a hotel in my hometown and we used to buy from it when we were underage.
>>15096962No shit dumbfuck
>>15095385reblogging for posterityhttps://foodblogposts.blogspot.com/2020/11/food-blog-cxxi.html>>15095426>>15097048agreed, share your blog
>>15097221Well you're the queer acting like you can't figure out how to get them
>>15095664They have these things in a vending machine at the EDNY Federal Courthouse in Central Islip. Saw them for the first time there in 2019.
>>15095385In the early 80s, I had a friend in high school who bough at lock pick from Soldier of Fortune magazine. It opened the circular type locks that were common on vending machines.We were in the "gifted" program and had passes to go off campus to learn Fortran, but instead we would break in to vending machines, steal all the quarters, and use them at bowling alleys and arcades to play video games. Pic related was my favorite
>>15095664Never saw this
>>15097387How was not illegal the item from SOF?
>>15097925Its legal to own lockpicks if your a locksmith. Selling them to non-locksmiths, not so much. Also, plenty of types of lock all have the same key, and you can just buy those keys. It might just have been one of those.
>>15097948lock picks are explicitly legal in most states for anyone to own and only illegal if intent can be proven.https://toool.us/laws.html
>>15097925It was 1981And selling lock picks was the least of SOF's legal troubles. They got sued for murder for hire plots IIRC
>>15095664The Total Wine near me sells these.
Big Texas gang, sneaking into the teachers lounge while pretending to be having a piss so i could nuke them for a few seconds
>>15095385Once a friend and I stumbled upon a Coke machine outside of a grocery store that had dumped all of it's quarters out all into the vending tray, we both grabbed as much as we could and nobody even noticed.
In my engineering college building, there was a vending machine that had one spot that, no matter what was loaded into it, would drop one item and then nearly drop a second item. With a light shake to the machine, you'd get a second item for free. Rather than fixing it, they just put something there that was cheap and doubled the price.
>>15095385When I was a kid I was playing skee ball at Showbiz Pizza and the machine spit out a ton more tickets than it was supposed to. It literally emptied itself for some reason I thought I was rich. I went to the little prize booth and cashed them in for a whole bunch of trinkets
>>15098553Had this happen a couple times at golfland. One of the rows in the back corner would just jackpot itself for no reason and just spew tickets. Walked out with a few thousand tickets over the visits but shit, my dad probably paid them a couple grand over the years we were going there.
>>15098568I remember even with a ton of tickets you still couldnt get anything that was very good. I thought I was going to get something like a remote control plane. I cant remember specifically what I got but I remember being disappointed
There was a company called Lance that didn't bother with vending machines. They just set their stuff out on a rack with a change jar next to it, see picrelated, and figured that people would be honest and pay for what they took. That's what "honor system" means on the sign at center-right in the picrelated.It worked for years, from 1954 until some time in the 1980s, but society changed and they didn't and so they ended up going bankrupt because of all the thefts.
When I was in the last years of (the Italian equivalent of) high school, we noticed one of the vending machines with an odd behaviour. It was one of those "rotating cells", and one of the "floors" ALWAYS turned twice. I mastered the trick to swiftly grab the extra product while it passed, and could freeload from the younglings buying...
One time I went to a vending machine and a duck came out. All I wanted was a Pepsi.
>>15098812U wot m8
>>15098812Then you should have pushed the pepsi button and not the duck button anon
>>15095385I remember back in 06 or so. I was attending community college. I felt like for every second bottle of soda I bought from a machine I would win a free one from the bottle cap. I remember waking out of my way to hit up the lucky machine. I haven't though about that in a long timr. Thanks op. you can't win shit from them now though.
>>15097948This is some jew locksmith disinformation. It's totally legal to own lockpicks. They are scum right up there with tow truck drivers
>>15098645Lance is still around, they're one of the biggest producers of peanut butter crackers. Additionally, 1954 is when Lance says it started shifting away from honors system boxes and went to vending machines.
>>15095664>masturbation using the pool jets on my adolescent peenI like how everyone totally flew past that like yeah totally this is a normal thing not worth addressing
>>15099054that is absolutely a normal thing that's not worth addressing.
>>15098812>All I wanted was a Pepsi.>Just one Pepsi>and the machine wouldn't give it to me>Just a Pepsi!
>>15099054Everyone did that at least once unless you were poor and never had a pool
>>15099090>at the neighborhood pool>>15099068I wouldn't be jerking it off inside the public pool with grandmas and little kids around. At most yeah it was like "oh hey hello this feels really good" but then I would move on from there and go for a swim
I remember getting soup from a vending machine for the first time in the 90s and being blown away. Where did that go? Where have all the delicious vending machine meals gone?
>>15095385They took the away from my school because they were making kids fat and replaced them with some guy in a window selling candy and sodaI gave him some candy as a present because he was my only friend so once in a while he would give e me extra candy
>>15098880Those look great tho
>>15099149Yeah I covered being poor public boy
>>15099218OP says he was at a public pool.
>>15095385A vending machine at my school was my first girlfriend she took my virginity. I got expelled the next day. I didnt use a condom.
I remember these old chip vending machines.I would shake the hell out of them+win my free bags of chips.
>>15099087suicidal tendencies pilled and based
>>15095385As a kid, cigarette vending machines were the most common vending machine. Anyone with change could go up and buy cigs and a pack of matches. The last time I saw one was in Vegas in the 90s
>>15100707these still exist in backwoods bars in pennsylvania
>>15095385Back at our Armory on the day before we flew out for prep for deployment the vending machine had about 5 or 6 items trapped between the racks and glass. Nobody got all of them out. Nearly a year later we come back and the fucker does it again. Very ironic that despite coming back to shittier Covid timeline, some shit still doesn't change.
>>15096071Not being a scrawny 6-11 yr old skelly that could finger the jaws holding the sodas back and get unlimited pops. Good timesNgmi lad
>>15095385there was an old like 70s vending machine at my friends terrible apartment like 10 years ago. if you pushed the button quickly enough you could get it to spit out two drinks. it was a great machine because everything was just a quarter
>>15095385Fuck off back to your basement, three-for-free.
>>15100963do you just have to feed a handful of quarters into them?
I gave up coca cola for lent and was buying a root beer (my lenten sacrifices were dogshit because I was retarded with logic not because I trying to be lazy) and after the root beer came out an extra free coke 20oz tooI thought that was weird and decided to give the coke to someone else, just in case it was the devil trying to tempt me like he did Jesus in the desert.
I was just thinking about this but today at work1:aw man I want a coke2: we should tip the machine1: we don't even have enough money for a coke, how are we going to tip the machine?2: no doofus, like tip it over. like 15%. 18 if you're generous.
>>15100707This bowling alley named Tweeds had one until the place was demolished in the 2000s. Now it's a jersey mike's and tijuana flata
>>15099054IT was the only normal part of OPs post
>>15095385US Navy 'A' in Millington,TNHad a bunch of food and soda machines in the first floor recreation roomAlso had a .25¢/1 minute microwaveThe machines malfunctioned all the time, I mean all the time, holder would twirl, item would get stuck, soda can would fall, but not come out, microwave would light up/beep/shut off, no microwavesWe would complain, keep a log, Indian (Curry not Feather) vender would say "Too Bad for You, Call your Uncle...Sam" and laughOver the 4th of July weekend they gave out nothingSoWe, about 100 guys, carried all 10 machines to the third floor stairway landing (the stairs were on the outside of the building) and tossed the machines into the courtyardThere were four buildings around our courtyard and the other buildings (same vendor issues) did the sameWe took all the money and foodBig investigation, Base Commander said he would kick all of us out if the guilty weren't served upBunch of higher ranking Airmen (E-3's) came forward and blamed a bunch of holdover blacks (they had failed the basic electronics training twice) everyone else agreed, blacks got booted out of the serviceNever got our machines backWe all chipped in for a free microwave
>>15098880>Additionally, 1954 is when Lance says it started shifting away from honors system boxesWeird, the site that I looked them up on said they first became a business in 1954.I used to buy Lance peanut-butter crackers off an open rack with a change box in the 1980s. It disappeared from that location some time in the late 1980s or early 1990s, which is around when I heard they went bankrupt due to all the theft.
>>15099054>>15099090>>15099149Our neighborhood pool didn't have any jet features, otherwise I would have. I usually just peed in it and then swam away from the warm yellow spreading blob and got out.
>>15102663> Also had a .25¢/1 minute microwaveSo, one penny for four minutes?> Indian (Curry not Feather) vender would say "Too Bad for You, Call your Uncle...Sam" and laughYou guys should have just tracked him to his home and burned him out.>blamed a bunch of holdover blacks (they had failed the basic electronics training twice) everyone else agreed, blacks got booted out of the serviceI'm torn between "that's just sad" and "topkek".
>>15100177I miss their bbq corn chips.
>>15103119Seriously, why do nips get all the good vending machines? It's not fair bros
>>15103187Everything is better in Japan.
>>15098476I remember thoseI got in trouble because the machine stole my money and I was trying to get my roll out and the principal saw me hitting the machine and thought I was stealing
>>15103187if they had fancy vending machines in the US they would get vandalized
>>15099161>>15103119Although you can get soup from a vending machine in Japan, Japanese vending machines are overwhelmingly beverage based. Finding actual meal vending machines is quite rare.The soup is usually a canned corn soup, essentially being sold as a beverage. It's pretty tough to call that a meal.>>15103263This is absolutely not true. Japanese vending machines aren't about variety, variety is a byproduct of their ubiquity. On my 10 minute walk to work I passed 14 vending machines, one of which was outside a grocery store and that's not counting the two inside the building I was walking to.
>>15103266I don't know why but I read that as "BIG PENIS" at first
>>15095385when I was in 6th grade there was a coke machine on the playground, sometimes they'd let us load it. soda was .25 back then.
>>15096071I used to ride my bike to and from school every day. I would check every vending machine and pay phone for change and press a button in hopes of getting a free product.I once got about $5 in change ($20 in todays money). Every once in a while I would get a free soda.
>>15096097a job I worked at had a snack machine that went nuts one day. If you put in a dollar it would give you product, then spit out a pile of change. a line formed and the machine was cleaned out in about 30 minutes.
>>15098494Ricky? is that you? was it a woolco? same thing happened to me.
>>15103484when I was 8 or so, dad would take me to the bowling alley. I'd fuck around for a few hours, but on this day I ran by and slapped the buttons on the candy machine. it whirred, dropped something, and coins got returned.I showed dad and then we went over and got 20 candy bars and he gave me the change to play the arcade machines and bought some fries.
>>15103279there are literally dozens of youtube channels that only survive because of Japanese vending machines, including full meal machines
>>15103187Japan is civilised and doesn't trash nice things.
used to live off of the coffee vending machines at my college. it'd be $1 for a mocha and I'd grab one before holing up in the library to study, but one night there was some grittiness to it and I thought maybe it's just ground coffee beans got through the filter. when I bit down it was spicy and suddenly I didn't think it was coffee beans anymore. Opened the cup and it looks like ants got into the machine's sugar and were being dispensed along with the coffee. I didn't stop drinking the coffee but I lost a good dollar because I couldn't pick all the ants out :(
>>15095385I've enjoyed all your stories, frens.
>>15104253I'm not saying full meal machines do not exist, but they're comparatively rare. Drink machines are everywhere. In schools, office buildings, down dead ends, up on mountains, outside of convenience stores, fucking everywhere.Meal / snack / ice cream vending machines are at transit stations, hotels, and game centers. Comparing between one and the other, they are rare.
>14yrs old>dad had a couple of restaurants and worked day and night>I loved my dad and would spend all weekend with him learning how to grill, cook, Sautee etc.>we go to lots of rest equipment auctions.>see an old cigarette vending machine>25$ no else bids on it>raise my hand and get it for 30$>dad tells me thats my B-Day present>get it home and plug it up>doesnt work>take it apart and use the multimeter granddad gave me>find several burned out fuses and frayed wires>Walk to Builders Square (K-Mart hardware store) and buy wire and fuses and get change at the laundry mat>takes me 3 days but I get it working>dad calls TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission) and we can sell cigarettes out of machine as long as we get the permit>50$>I owe my dad about 100$>clean it up set price at 2.75$ per pack>talk to one of dads friend how has a bar and he gives me the 10 most popular brands>Marlboro, M100s, M Red, M Red 100s, Winston, Camel, Pall Mall, Benson Hedges, Capri, Lucky Strikes, American Spirits (4$ pack)>Dad and I goto Sams and we get 20 cartons at about 13$. >one week later Dad wakes me up on Saturday and we goto restaurant and open the machine up. >almost all sold out, some brands are empty>feel like a pirate counting Spanish Pieces of 8 in shiny stacks>whole investment is paid off in one week>At 16 I would pick up the Sams order that was called in before hand (this was for commercial customers only, now everyone can pick up) and restocked the machine after doing inventory and prepThat machine lasted us for more than 20 years. Even after the rest closed and dad passed I kept it for the memories. Finally sold it to a friend with a bar so he could teach his kid about money and saving...
>>15106242Based story, anonYa did good
>>15104995Hey! Officer, there he is! The guy who is working too hard, and deserves a break. :)Why don't you go inside and enjoy a nice warm cup of cocoa, Pepe-chan?
>>15100707I saw one of these in at a bar in Jacksonville last year
>>15095385For me, it's the Violette Hall soda vending machine. The best vending machine on the Truman State campus. It even uses real crushed ice.One time I noticed that a little light had turned on, seemingly indicating that I had won a free soda. And indeed, I had! As I walked to class with the two styrofoam cups, I passed by my advisor ’s office and mentioned my good fortune. After all, I never win anything, so how cool was that? I offered him one of the sodas. As I left for my weekly Lie Groups seminar, he chuckled and shouted after me, “don’t forget to win a free one for me again next time!”For the rest of the academic year, he ALWAYS greeted me with, “Hey, you got a free soda for me?” It’s such a collegial and supportive atmosphere in the Truman State Math Department, I ended up returning as an instructor for a few years between my Master’s and PhD, 1-2 times when they hosted the regional MAA conference, and I still sometimes stop by to use the library. And of course, I visit the vending machine--when I’m thirsty and want a sweet beverage that is carbonated, iced, and gives me the chance to win a prize. (I worked it out before graduating: every 64th purchase, with the counter reset after power interruption or restocking.)Back when I smoked, I even used the styrofoam cups as ashtrays! What a great vending machine.
>>15107773Yes, I like this.
>>15095385>be in marching band in high school>the band room was right next to a coke vending machine, and a few trashcans scattered around the immediate area>this was back when my coke rewards wasn't shit and you could actually get cool prizes>take every single cap every single day after band class from the trashcans for over a year>eventually get enough points for an ipod>thought about trying to get the coke car but did the math and realized it would take 5 more years to get enough pointskinda sad that the coke rewards are all raffles and small-potatoes shit like 3-5 dollar gift cardsFree Ipod was cool though
>>15098645A 4 pack of Lance for a nickel in 1954 comes out to 48 cents in 2019. You can buy a pack of six four-packs for a $1 right now.
>>15100707A bar in Tuscaloosa Alabama some time in the late 00s was the last time I saw them.
>>15095385>>15097034I can still recall a public demonstration of the very first vending machine, at the Chicago World’s Fair. For the price of one penny (no Confederate coins accepted), the marvelous machine would auto-matically dispense a few ounces of Dr. Bramfield’s Invigorating Tonic, a patented suspension of Jamaican cane sugar, laudanum, and radium, in carbonic water. Amazingly, despite the summer heat, the liquid was cool on the tongue—thanks to the innovative addition of “Iced Cubes” harvested from from the Canadian icicle mines. After reading the displayed instructional essay, I inserted my penny into the automaton’s designated receptacle--and several minutes later, the conveyor belt delivered a pewter cup of the tonic beverage, as promised. Then, something surprising and curious happened. A small door, like that of a cuckoo clock, opened on the machine’s facade--and there emerged a phonograph’s horn, which announced in a shrill voice loud enough for all the crowd to hear: “Dear Sir: The fates have selected you to receive a complimentary second portion of Dr. Bramfield’s famous cure. Please enjoy it in good health. Yours sincerely, the Proprietors.”What good fortune! But just then, a terrible tumult arouse. You see, several onlookers had been prying into the machine’s orifices, attempting to ascertain how it could function without the sound and smoke of a steam engine. (Electricity was certainly not an option; the only such demonry at the Fair belonged to that conjurer N. Tesla.) The secret had been carefully concealed…
>>15108035But one keen-eyed chap finally spied it: “It’s not clockwork at all! There’s a little man inside!” Yes, we had all been fooled. For all the machine’s apparent magic, it was actually operated by a pygmy negro, trained and imprisoned therein by the proprietor.Upon the little bugger’s discovery, he started thrashing about savagely, broke through one of his chamber’s wooden panels, and scampered into the crowd amidst the horrified shrieks of women and children. Both the police and circus ringmaster were summoned--but whether he was ever apprehended, I cannot say.
>>15095385snack and coffee machines outside classroom in italy. Was comfy as fuck sitting on the stone window having a nice coffee break every day.
>>15100177My family lived in an apartment next to a laundromat when I was a kid and it had this exact vending machine in it. I'd love to stop over with a pocket of quarters, get an iced jelly honey bun to pig out on, and spend the evening playing Ms. Pac-Man or Galaga
>>15106242Best story in the thread, wholesome.
Won a dr.pepper t-shirt out of the soda vending machine in middle school. Long since has it been worn to tatters. Good times though. I had a kilroy sandwich for lunch that day.
>>15098517That's actually pretty based: you got to learn about cheap hacks AND cheap workarounds, i.e. the foundations of an engineering career.
>>15099054I bet you didn't even jackoff during class coward
>>15107773>Truman State campus.It was called Northeast Missouri State University back then, NMSU for short, but I guess they got tired of their branding being confused with New Mexico State University, so they changed their name to Truman to "better reflect their core values." Just west of Violette was an iconic piece of architecture, the arch through the science building. A thousand students would pass through that arch every day, and in the winter, it would act as a wind tunnel, chilling you to your bones, and you'd share the moment with your friends you were walking with and say, "Wow!" and they'd smile and give you that i-know-right? look. I thought it would last forever, but it's been removed, converted to classroom space as the building was modernized and updated, and now no one will have those memories any more. All that's left are the fading echoes of crushed ice falling into drop cup vending machines.
>>15100707Last time I saw one of those in a general public access place was in a local laundromat when I was in high school. It was near a neighborhood that had a lot of "bad kids" (or so I thought then) that got their cigarettes there. Then again, there was a Turkey Hill convenience store 100 yards away that would sell me cigarettes and Swisher Sweets even though I wasn't even old enough to drive. Ahh the 80s. We had cigarettes, but no hard drugs, gangs, niggers or Mexicans, and porn was still limited access degeneracy. Everything sucks now.>>15100963>>15107373>>15107942These are in bars which control access by minors.
>>15102663>holdover blacks (they had failed the basic electronics training twice)This part of the story checks out.>>15102663>US Navy>AirmenThis part does not.
>>15095385When I was in school, there was a vending machine for coca cola and such and it would often get jammed. I worked out that if you kicked the coin slot, it would undo the jam and you'd get a load of coins from reject as well as a couple of free cans. I also once found a Victorian 2 penny coin by it once.
>>15108035oh my god man... this thread is incredible
>>15108035>>15108039This is comedy gold anon
>>15095385>ice pelletsThose soft textured, ununsual ice pellets are worth the price of a drink if you ever see one of these drop cup machines.
>>15109518We are so many, and we have so many memories. Do you think our memories will survive us, all our best and worst days? I'm happy we've shared our memories, today.
>>15109545>US Navy>Airmen>This part does not.US Navy:A member that is E-1, E-2, or E-3 that belongs to a general occupational field (Airman, Constructionman, Fireman, Hospitalman, or Seaman) is considered nonrated.There are 12 Ratings within the Naval Air Division.I was at Millington to attend 'A' school, after boot camp. I eventually became an Aviation Electronics Technician, eventually I changed my Rating and became and Naval Aircrewman, specifically an Aviation Rescue Swimmer (AIRR).
>>15096933My University radio station used to have one of these but AFAIK it got taken over by social justice types and now I think it no longer has beer because they believe in complying with the law even tho ACAB.
>>15100707They are all over place in Portugal.
>>15110979Interesting, did not know.I was Chair Force where errbody was Airman, just figured this was more 4chan copy pasta bullshit.
>>15111278>Doesn't know naval aviation exists>Chair force moronChecks out.
>>15110810>I'm happy we've shared our memories, today.I am too.
>>15095385When I lived in Germany they still had cigarette vending machines. I remember asking how they prevented unsupervised kids from buying cigarettes. My german friends were confused and told me there was no such thing as unsupervised kids in germany. If kids are in public they are being supervised by any and all adults in the area. If they get into trouble or start doing something they are not supposed to (like buying cigarettes from a vending machine) a nearby adult will intervene. Overall, I was amazed by the amount of stuff in Germany that just operated off of the honor system. It was just expected that functional citizens shouldn't need safeguards put in place to prevent abuse. This was all before the refugee tidalwave, I imagine that high trust high social cohesion societey has changed quite a bit now.
>>15111285Calm down, Jennifer. Everybody who ever watched Top Gun knows the Navy has planes, just didn't think the Navy was retarded enough to call its junior enlisted sailors who never flew planes "Airmen".
In 2006 or so my high school vending machines got replaced from the classic style where all the buttons are on the right, to the big panels in the middle.I had read online about "hacking" vending machines by pressing the buttons in a certain order, and it worked. You pressed four of the pepsi products on the left in a 4 2 3 1 or whatever order and then pressed the soda you wanted.There was also a combination of that that worked on the classic machines, but they had disabled it at my school ones, but not at certain hotels and motels in the area.
>>15100707They had one in the lobby of our local Bob's Big Boy. Kids had fun pulling on the knobs and watching them snap back while their parents waited for a table.
>>15111620>This was all before the refugee tidalwave, I imagine that high trust high social cohesion societey has changed quite a bit now.Even worse: although the "refugee" invasion has degraded their society, the thoroughly-cucked natives are too terrified to admit it. Things will have to get much worse before they get better.
>>15095385I had this happen but with a coffee machine at Ivy Tech. Said I got a free coffee and spit my money back out. It was also a cup dispenser (Obviously)
>>15095664i get these at my local grocery store from the imported foods section desu they're the best wafes i've ever had
>>15099087obscure reference checks out.. nice pull, anon.
>>15112678There is nothing obscure about that song.
The only one that sticks out to me is the one at my mom's psychiatrist when I was a kid in the late 90e in New York. It was a very large old building even as a young kid I knew it was dated the vending machine had a wood (wood painted plastic?) Outside and the buttons didn't light up. It look like it was from the early '70s I would always beg my mom to get something from it just because how cool it looked. I still remember a place fairly well even though I was very young It looks so cool The old medical offices straight from the '50s where it looks like nothing had really changed in 50 years the retro green tiles and old gray and green faded carpets the large oak trees in the courtyard with vintage benches. It's so cool I wonder if it's still there that vending machine?that building? a living time capsule a direct view into the past
>>15111278The US Air Force is the largest air force in the world. The US Navy is number 2.
>>15095385Wow, this thread popped a completely random memory in my head.I used to buy drop cup cappuccino as a teen routinely. Small town (3000 people), was at a rest stop everyone hung out at. A small coffee shop opened up with a middle aged woman from the large city about 5 hours away.Me and my friends walked in, I ordered a cappucino. She proceeded to rant at me for about 10 minutes on whether I wanted a "real cappucino" or the "fake" ones that everyone gets out of a vending machine, and that I had no clue what I really wanted and was completely ignorant.I was like 14 so whatever, just let it slide. She tried to small talk afterwards, I told her I had bought some Black Sabbath vinyls at the local thrift store (I bought all sorts of stereo equipment back then, it was cheap and everywhere).She went on another 10 minute rant about how awful vinyl is and how great CDs are.We walked out, and I went to drink it and the fucking lid fell off and I dumped it all over my jacket, right in front of the cop who was walking into the coffee shop.We were all high and had pot on us so I kind of freaked out.The coffee shop didnt last too long, its hard to get assimilated into a small town if you didnt grow up there.Also its funny looking back how paranoid everyone was about pot, and how harsh the penalties for it was. Especially seeing how its legal now.So yeah, its a mundane boring story, but I havent thought about that coffee shop in probably 15 years.
>>15095385>me, 1990's first job, retail at downtown department store>by time got off work all the restaurants were usually closed (by 6PM downtown was a dead ghosttown)>in the pedestrian tunnel that connected to the parking garage was a line of some random vending>machines for:>cold sandwiches>hot coffee or cocoa or tea>hard pretzels or chips>no soda or candy machine I don't know whyfor nearly a year my evening meals were the "Italian" or the chicken salad cold sandwiches ($2), a stick pretzel ($0.25) and a toss up of hot beverage ($0.50)it's a miracle I didn't die.
>>15097925>>15097948>>15097956It's relatively easy to buy all sorts of stuff with questionable legal status. Back when I wish in high school I locked the keys in the car when I went downtown with a friend to the pawnshop. I asked the pawn shop guy if he had anything that could help me get my door open, and the guy let me borrow a slim jim. Pawn shop guys are pretty cool in my experience.
>>15100707I sometimes still see them at bars, but they're a real rarity these days.My uncle talks about riding his bike to the corner store as a 12 year old in the 60s and buying cigarettes out of the vending machine while the guy working there just smiled.
>>15100707My small town bowling alley had one behind the bar.You would pay cash to the bar, and then they would vend it and hand you the cigarettes.It was essentially just storage for them. Maybe the vending machine couldnt physically handle the price of cigarettes after the sin tax hike made them over $5 a pack, they were made when smokes were like 1$ a pack
>>15103279Do you happen to know the name of the energy drink with a rabbit (iirc) on it? Haven't had that shit since getting back from there. It was pretty good.
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>>15100707had these in pubs in the UK, usually at least £3-4 more expensive that the shop and with 1-2 less fags in the packs. Any remaining in 2007 were pulled out due to the smoking ban. Plus kids were generally never allowed in pubs unless it was a shitty brewsters or wacky warehouse - now the line between family restaurant and pub is massively blurred.
>>15097380>I work at the Suffolk county courthouse next door
>>15108035>>15108039I love this and read it twice
when these belt drink machines first started rolling out, you could trick the machine and get free drinks. there's a conveyor belt, and a drink is dropped onto it, and the belt pushes the drink through a door and into the green plastic coke bottle orifice. i'd seen a video on how to get extra drinks out of it, but i'd not tried. i was with my mother and brother, in a waiting room at a doctor's office, and there was one of these machines in the common area. my mom gave me a dollar to get a drink, and i figured i'd get two extra for each of them too.so you order your drink, and stick your arm up through the green plastic bottle and hold the door closed. the machine fruitlessly to ram the drink bottle through the door, and gives up after a few tries. it refunds your money and the drink stays on the conveyor. it marks that selection as "sold out", since the door never opened. so i do it again. and on the final one, i let all three bottles through. three drinks for a dollar.
i was born in the mid '80s and distinctly remember cigarette machines being everywhere as a kid, but by the time i was in junior high they'd all disappeared
In the soviet union(the book I have is from 1984) the drink dispensers used to have communal cups that everyone would use.
>>15104178Very cute storry anon, you are too good for this cesspool of a website.