Why Not Just Stuff Vending Machines With Healthy Snacks Instead Of Junk?

Why Not Just Stuff Vending Machines With Healthy Snacks Instead Of Junk?

I remember an episode of My So-Called Life where Rayanne was trying to get an apple out of a vending machine at school and thinking, “That would be great. Why aren’t there more healthy vending machines? I’d eat an apple with Jordan Catalano.* ” Seems one school district in Dallas also saw that episode and is trying out just such an idea to promote healthy eating among its students. [More]

Buying Snacks & Sodas From Vending Machines Is Like, So 2006

Buying Snacks & Sodas From Vending Machines Is Like, So 2006

Traditional vending machines are dying off like snack food dinosaurs after a meteor strike. But in this case, the meteor is just that less people want to buy chips and gum from a machine. Between 2007 and 2010,134,000 vending machines disappeared from locations in the U.S. [More]

Automated Cupcake Machine Now Available 24 Hours For Sugar Emergencies

Automated Cupcake Machine Now Available 24 Hours For Sugar Emergencies

Have you ever said to yourself at one in the morning, “I could really use some cupcakes,” but didn’t want to bake them yourself? Well, if you have the ability to get to Beverly Hills, cupcakery Sprinkles now has a pink cupcake kiosk installed outside of their store where you can buy fresh cupcakes, mixes, and even cupcakes for your dog. Of course there are cupcakes for your dog. [More]

Tiny Robotic Kroger Invades College Campus

Ah, progress. Thanks to advances in vending-machine technology, tiny robotic convenience stores have opened up shop in apartment complexes and on college campuses nationwide. Sure, consumers in Europe and Japan had similar stuff a decade or more ago. But they don’t have the world’s tiniest Kroger, which is about the size of a bus shelter and opened last month on the campus of private Ohio Northern University. [More]

Teen Freed From Coke Machine He Tried To Steal From

Teen Freed From Coke Machine He Tried To Steal From

The recession continues to inspire people to do stupid crap to avoid paying money. This week’s case in point, the teen who got stuck in a Coke machine after he tried to get a free can of soda. [More]

Baguette ATM Hits Paris Streets

Baguette ATM Hits Paris Streets

A new vending machine just hit the streets of Paris dispensing freshly baked baguettes. [More]

Walmart Wants In On Pennsylvania Wine Vending Machine Bonanza

Walmart Wants In On Pennsylvania Wine Vending Machine Bonanza

Remember those wine vending machines at Pennsylvania grocery stores? They’ve proven successful enough to turn heads at Walmart, which is planning to add the machines to some of its stores in the state. [More]

Here's The Vending Machine That Recommends Drinks Based On Facial Recognition

Here's The Vending Machine That Recommends Drinks Based On Facial Recognition

Ever stepped up to a vending machine and scratched your head as you mulled over the options? Now there’s a vending machine in Japan that will recommend certain products for you — based on your face. [More]

Are Automated Kiosks The Future Of Retail Shopping?

Are Automated Kiosks The Future Of Retail Shopping?

In recent years, vending machines have gone from lunch room relics intent on eating your quarters and holding onto your Sun Chips to high-tech automated kiosks that sell everything from DVDs to ice cream, wine, beauty products, useless Farmville crap, electronics, designer bags and much more. But are they here to stay or is this just a trend? [More]

Should Vending Machines Post Calorie Counts?

Should Vending Machines Post Calorie Counts?

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog noticed that both health care reform bills currently making their way through our lovely government have provisions that require vending machines to display the calorie counts of items inside. [More]

TombStone Pizza Vending Machine Seen As Harbinger Of Apocalypse

TombStone Pizza Vending Machine Seen As Harbinger Of Apocalypse

The existence of a TombStone pizza vending machine is being interpreted by some as a sign that the end is near.

115F Degree Ice-Cold Coca-Cola

115F Degree Ice-Cold Coca-Cola

Reader Stevenson was doing some grocery shopping in the heat of the afternoon, one summer’s day. Feeling parched, he located a Coca-Cola machine which appeared to him as a merciful desert oasis, or maybe it was just a mirage. Eager to quench his thirst, he hastily fed a dollar bill into the machine. He reached into the machine with the expectation of cool tasty relief, but what he retrieved from the bowels of the mechanical hell-beast was a bottle of Coke that was so f’ng hot he could barely maintain his grip. Shocked and confused, he looked around and caught a glimpse of the machine’s digital readout that mockingly read “ICE COLD COCA COLA 115F.” Stevenson’s letter, inside…

http://consumerist.com/2008/05/23/after-a-successful-pilot/

After a successful pilot program, Macy’s is putting fancy Japanese-style vending machines in 400 of its stores. They’ll sell things like iPods and cameras. Looks like Macy’s will have to add another list of things excluded from its not-very-valuable coupons. [Reuters]

http://consumerist.com/2008/05/01/pennsylvania-a-land-ruled-by/

Pennsylvania, a land ruled by the draconian “Liquor Control Board,” may allow wine vending machines with “fingerprints and biometric readings” for age verification to be placed in grocery stores so that people can finally buy wine at the supermarket. What the hell is wrong with Pennsylvania?[Dr. Vino ]

Home Depot Employee Fired For Chasing Shoplifter Sues For $1.5 Million

Home Depot Employee Fired For Chasing Shoplifter Sues For $1.5 Million

The lawsuit stated:

The Sexy iPod Vending Machine In Action

Alright, we were skeptical of the iPod vending machine. But we take it all back — this has to be the coolest vending machine we’ve ever seen.

iPod Vending Machine Spotted in Atlanta

iPod Vending Machine Spotted in Atlanta

The iPod vending machine invasion has already begun. Constantine von Hoffman writes us:

iPod Vending Machines Soon To Prompt Mass Killings

iPod Vending Machines Soon To Prompt Mass Killings

What the…? This is stupid.