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January 2, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Vending machine dispenser

Vending_machineAndrey Radak points out:

You know there is a design flaw in this vending machine when several people can't get at their product.


Our school vending machine is notorious for this. A few times I've gotten and extra candy bar or something extra because it was stuck

Posted by: Thunder_gryphoN at January 2, 2006 12:20 AM

you know these vending machines are rigged. I've never put in my money and received two products. But NUMEROUS times I've put in my money and received nothing.

So obviously these machines were created to err on the side of the vendor owner.

Definitely Broken.

Posted by: Matt at January 2, 2006 12:28 AM

stop those chilled beverages! theyre trying to escape!

Posted by: gmangw at January 2, 2006 12:56 AM

bwahahaha, the first step of the evil plan is complete... the workers drink all the drinks that failed to fall... no definitely broken.. especially to drop glass sobe bottles, no matter what the height.

Posted by: Dragon at January 2, 2006 03:36 AM

These vending machines, even if they don't get the bottles stuck, are broken anyway. They always have glass bottles on the very top shelf, so when you try to get at one...

*insert money*

"A... 3..."

*bottle drops*


Incredibly intelegint design.

Yes, intelegint is intentional.

Posted by: Invalid Attribute Index Justin at January 2, 2006 10:14 AM

Sometimes the clear front of those machines is made out of plastic, and if you bang on it hard enough your drink will eventually fall.

Obviously, this is broken because one shouldn't have to exhert that kind of force just to get a drink.

It's nice for me though, because sometimes people will just give up if their drink gets stuck and I'll find one sitting there waiting for me to free it!

Posted by: JD at January 2, 2006 10:30 AM

This is clearly evolutionary run-away. Bottles that are slightly larger are left to breed, producing more large bottles. After surprisingly few generations, all bottles in the machine will be too large to come out at all.

Then there will be an overpopulation problem.

Posted by: DaveC426913 at January 2, 2006 10:54 AM

I've had something similar to this happen on occasion. Some vending machines have and extra metal "flap" on the panel you open to retreive drinks and snacks. This extra piece of metal blocks off access to the inside of the machine, preventing idiots from trying to reach up into the machine to steal items. (Difficult to expalin, But I am sure most know what I am talking about.) Well, when I have gone to machines like the one shown and my drink falls down, the bottle does not fall over but remains standing up. Because the bottle is standing up in the way, I cannot push open the panel to get my drink. And the way the panels are designed, when the bottle is in the way, you can't even open them enough to try and knock the bottle over with your fingers. Totally frustrating.

Posted by: Chaos at January 2, 2006 11:15 AM

Sorry, but I have to-

All your drinks are belong to us.

Posted by: nyackjazz at January 2, 2006 02:31 PM

This vending machine was clearly made with Micro$oft inside.

Posted by: Phil at January 2, 2006 04:33 PM

Chaos, thanks for describing a vending machine. I've never seen one.

Posted by: noname at January 2, 2006 06:16 PM

*Welcome - Ice Cold Pepsi*

*Credits: $ 1.25*



*Vending error*

*Please call Pepsi co.*


Posted by: Liam at January 2, 2006 06:57 PM

Nobrain: I described a particular aspect of the vending machine that prohibits the retrieval of one's drink, thus illustrating another incident of brokenness. I do not, however, recall describing an entire vending machine.

Posted by: Chaos at January 2, 2006 08:10 PM

I'm guessing the machine is bolted down too.....We got one of these machines from hell at work. After the 3rd time it ripped me off, I got mad enough to shake it, and got 20 pops!! Then they weighed it down, so I couldn't shake it, but other people still could. They ended up bolting it down. The vending guy claims the machines don't work because we beat on them, well we wouldn't beat them if they worked!!!! (He should be thankful we don't have enough chain to reach from the breakroom to the business end of one of our forklifts)

Posted by: Paul at January 2, 2006 08:18 PM

It's sort of vending/slot machine sometimes you break even sometimes you get #$^$%ed in the Ass (when you have no more cash) and other times it's a 2-fer-1 sale, same with the candy machines that work like that.But what about bottled Urine?

Posted by: Ron at January 2, 2006 08:33 PM


NO MORE 'M$'!!


Posted by: Bob at January 2, 2006 09:21 PM

I don't believe any of the bottles pictured are made of glass; they all look plastic. Or was someone being sarcastic?

As for losing your money at the work place, most places have someone designated (such as an administrative assistant) to refund your lost change. They can then also notify the vendor of any operating issues.

Just my two cents.

Posted by: nicole at January 2, 2006 09:23 PM

But i guess you Microsoft-haters aren't totally baseless.

Looky here-

Oh well.

Posted by: Bob at January 2, 2006 09:26 PM


almost all sobe bottles are glass, so the natural assumption is that they are glass here. you cant really tell from the pic, but its a pretty safe bet.

Posted by: valek at January 2, 2006 10:09 PM

Psst...buttons 4,2,3,1 (1 is the top, 2 is the next one down, and so on)

Posted by: ws3 at January 2, 2006 11:13 PM

lol we have the same machine at school.if you rock it hard enough you can get all the drinks off the top shelf for free!guaranteed.

Posted by: Bryant at January 3, 2006 02:13 AM

Wayoff: Thanks for your insight, and description of the door on a vending machine. I've never seen one. Is that better?

Posted by: noname at January 3, 2006 08:16 AM

I don't know what y'all're complaining about. The *net effect* is exactly 1 bottle dispensed per 1 money deposit.

Posted by: DaveC426913 at January 3, 2006 09:42 AM

vending + slots+ machine= new hybrid drink machine that has fun filled gambling aspects for the user- take a chance-try to get a drink out of it!

Posted by: smartypants at January 3, 2006 02:36 PM

1 bottle dispensed per 1 money deposit is fine if your the retailer - no good if you are a bummed customer.

Posted by: askegg at January 3, 2006 06:15 PM

As soon as I saw thwe picture, I got my fiance's attention. We wanted to buy a soda last week from a vending machine. There were about 15 tipped out sodas. The display read "Please remove the product" over and over and over. There was nothing to remove and no bottles to shake out as they were all still in their spots but tipped out so they touched the front glass. I've never seen such a messed up looking machine.

The only plus was that the machine was definitely not taking any money.

Posted by: Poor_Statue at January 3, 2006 07:04 PM

The good thing about this machine is, if you get a buddy to help you shake the machine, drinks will come out of every row. Especially just after it is filled.

Posted by: Gary at January 3, 2006 08:56 PM

This happened to my freind however this is a quick runthrough of the result:

- damn my drink got stuck

- *looks around, no one looking*

- runs at machine, bam no drunk

- damint!! i am going to try again

- rans at machine, and goes through the glass, just as the caf worker walks by

- Oh shit *runs away covered in blood*

Posted by: Mike at January 3, 2006 09:25 PM

This happened to my freind however this is a quick runthrough of the result:

- damn my drink got stuck

- *looks around, no one looking*

- runs at machine, bam no drunk

- damint!! i am going to try again

- rans at machine, and goes through the glass, just as the caf worker walks by

- Oh shit *runs away covered in blood*

Posted by: Mike at January 3, 2006 09:25 PM

Linux to own M$

Ok, i'll stop.

Posted by: Phil at January 3, 2006 09:57 PM

I think the Sobe battles are definately made of glass

Posted by: im_an_alien at January 3, 2006 10:32 PM

People have been killed when vending machines fell on them while they were trying to shake loose a freebie. Not worth it for a $1 drink.

Posted by: larry at January 3, 2006 11:57 PM

At least the Sobes are OK!!!!

Posted by: NiCK at January 4, 2006 02:20 PM

valek: Never heard of Sobe. I noticed the bottles that are loose in the photo are made of plastic, so to me it looked like the others were too.

Posted by: nicole at January 4, 2006 09:44 PM

Those look like the same machines at my school.

They have an belt the goes up and down to move you drink to a hole. This way even glass bottled drinks will only drop like 1/2".

Posted by: Not funny today at January 5, 2006 02:59 AM

Best broken vending machine I've ever seen was one that was about seven feet tall. All of the bottles were on top, and all of the cans were on the bottom. This would be fine with plastic bottles, but it had SoBe and it's ilk on the top row. Several times you would reach in and it would be sticky from the various exploded bottles. On a side note, the little receiving tray you reach into was tilted back and down from where you reached in, often forcing to reach into the slime from the last four bottles...

Posted by: Justin at January 5, 2006 01:27 PM

***Don't Try This At Home***

Candy machine where I worked wasn't bolted down. Someone's candy bar got stuck so four guys lifted and turned the machine upside down and shook it. Too bad all the candy was confiscated by the boss. "Those whacky schoolbus drivers!"

Posted by: Abettor at January 6, 2006 04:18 AM

This has happened a lot at the school vending machines. There is actually a button that i found that whenever you choose it, the drink has a very,very low rate for coming to you.

Posted by: Dam at January 6, 2006 03:44 PM

This has happened a lot at the school vending machines. There is actually a button that i found that whenever you choose it, the drink has a very,very low chance for survival because it always gets stuck.

My school's apparently has a problem with their machines because i have been screwed before because the product was stuck in the machine and i never recieved a refund even though i complained.

Posted by: Dam at January 6, 2006 03:47 PM

Larry is right, more people are killed by vending machines falling over than are struck by lightening.

Posted by: Sean P at January 9, 2006 11:58 AM

Drink water. It is better for you and it's free.

Posted by: Kiteekat at January 23, 2006 04:59 PM

"Vending machine dispenser"? Of course it's broken. It's trying to dispense drinks, when surely it should be dispensing vending machines.

*misses the point*

Posted by: foo at January 25, 2006 02:42 AM

It's not a vending machine, it's a Tetris game.

Posted by: Jeff at January 27, 2006 03:42 PM

i can steal from vending machines and you cant. hahahahahahaha nubes

Posted by: francaise at February 9, 2006 01:37 AM

Isn't the title of this broken? "Vending machine dispenser" means something that dispenses vending machines. It should be "Drinks vending machine" or "Drinks dispenser".

Posted by: MAdMaN at February 22, 2006 08:32 AM

yeah i love when the machine at my camp doesnt work Im a couselor there and so all the kids get free drinks. Dont fix them!

Posted by: kiddo at June 20, 2006 06:18 PM

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