blaming the 90s – vending machines
we’re saying, that only one decade fucked up every future vending machine . . .
most people have some sort of experience with a vending machine. they’re frequent customers, are a stabilizing monument, that reassures consumption never sleeps. some might be afraid of the heavy, monstrous accumulations of snacks, but actually we – simply – use them.
their use has increasingly become difficult, because they’re always, and I mean always! broken.
‘this unit is temporarily out of service’, ‘this machine doesn’t take loonies’ (feature image) – for pops sake, where’s the good old machine, that takes quarters and – at least most of the time – delivers an ice cold coca cola?
you definitely find them in classy action movies, if you’re a traveler in Panama, and we even came across one in Berlin last year.
but the junk they put up nowadays is a pile of scrap with a device, that is supposed to milk your credit card, a touch screen, weird buttons and WAY TOO MANY products to choose from. to meet the title of this post: we’re blaming the 90s for the downfall of a machine, that has been a partner for aspiring youngsters for a long time, and it sold out! what about the days, when you had an actual chance to pull out some ‘samples’ for you and your friends? vending machines, gum dispensers, candy dispensers and cigarette machines were an attractive piece of culture / history, that allowed the odd adventurer to stretch the boundaries of the law. sometimes successfully, sometimes you’d end up in big trouble, but I can’t remember I was ever threatened by the salesman in the background, indirectly through a metal plate on the front:
“WARNING / DO NOT TIP OR ROCK THIS VENDING MACHINE / TIPPING OR ROCKING MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH /
ANTI-THEFT DEVICE PREVENTS OBTAINING FREE PRODUCT
justice may be served, but I remain thirsty, and … unserved!
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