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(Des Moines Register)   Man fired for using a forklift to shake loose a Twix bar that got stuck in a vending machine   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 71
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2014-02-20 09:10:22 AM
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There are worse conclusions, I suppose.
 
2014-02-20 09:13:12 AM
I'm not saying he should have done it, but I understand.
 
2014-02-20 09:25:04 AM
What
would ya do
for a
Twix bar?

//apologies to Klondike
 
2014-02-20 09:38:51 AM
That's a firing?

Unless someone was riding the forks at the time I say the machine likely had it coming. You don't bring hydraulic equipment into play for the first Twix.
 
2014-02-20 10:18:34 AM
I'd give that f*cker a raise for being a creative problem-solver.
 
2014-02-20 10:27:03 AM
I know, and maybe am, people who would do this.
 
2014-02-20 10:27:09 AM
Twix should give him a lifetime supply and a commercial deal.

Also, as said above yadda, yadda, BUT I UNDERSTAND.
 
2014-02-20 10:27:15 AM
dl.dropboxusercontent.com

Was it this one?
 
2014-02-20 10:27:29 AM
I've seen forklifts used for worse things.  I'm pretty sure that as long as nobody was in danger they wouldn't get fired for that here.  I know I wouldn't do much more then tell them to knock it off and GBTW.
 
2014-02-20 10:28:33 AM
There is no such thing as too much overkill.
 
2014-02-20 10:29:40 AM
George Costanza very unimpressed.
 
2014-02-20 10:34:33 AM
static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-02-20 10:34:51 AM
I used to have a machine that used to always not work properly and always had food stuck. It was seriously as bad as those game of skill claw machines if you'd get ever your stuff. One day I had enough, got 5 other guys and we picked up the whole machine and shook every last damn thing out of it and put it all on the table beside the machine with an honor bucket and put a broken sign on the machine. One of the guys locked out the power outlet so they couldn't plug it back in either. We got a new machine a few weeks later.
 
2014-02-20 10:36:04 AM
90 cent for a twix bar is not overpriced especially out of a vending machine.   I'm sure there is more to this story. As funny as it is and feel for the guy losing his job. He deserved to be fired if he caused any damage to the machine and or violated safety or company policy.

Why does it appear that being a veteran is gives them carte blanche to do anything without accountability.
 
2014-02-20 10:37:12 AM
*snickers*

/satisfied
 
2014-02-20 10:45:10 AM
Dropping two feet onto the warehouse floor is not shaking. I'd be pissed if I owned that machine. And I'd fire that guy, and I wouldn't wait five days to do it.
 
2014-02-20 10:46:16 AM

ransack.: Dropping two feet onto the warehouse floor is not shaking. I'd be pissed if I owned that machine. And I'd fire that guy, and I wouldn't wait five days to do it.


And yes, I know the warehouse probably didn't own the machine. I meant two different guys.
 
Ant
2014-02-20 10:46:55 AM
I've seen people do way worse things with forklifts and keep their jobs.
 
2014-02-20 10:47:46 AM
Waldo Pepper

Why does it appear that being a veteran is gives them carte blanche to do anything without accountability.
So that perk should be reserved solely for democrats?
 
2014-02-20 10:48:33 AM
Kome


I'd give that f*cker a raise for being a creative problem-solver.

This is the difference between an hourly and salaried worker.
 
2014-02-20 10:49:58 AM
farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2014-02-20 10:55:06 AM
As someone who used to drive a forklift in a warehouse ... I could see myself doing something like this back in the day. Maybe not a 2 ft drop, but forklift-aided mechanical agitation, sure.

/Forklift races were the best
//Also a terrible idea
///Got docked a decent amount of pay to fix that wall. Oops
 
2014-02-20 10:55:42 AM
www.peopleamazeme.com
 
2014-02-20 11:01:22 AM

ransack.: Dropping two feet onto the warehouse floor is not shaking. I'd be pissed if I owned that machine. And I'd fire that guy, and I wouldn't wait five days to do it.


Steve Billings approves
 
2014-02-20 11:03:39 AM
OnlyM3: Tiresome as usual.  You really are a one trick trolly, aren't you?
 
2014-02-20 11:04:25 AM

Uisce Beatha: As someone who used to drive a forklift in a warehouse ... I could see myself doing something like this back in the day. Maybe not a 2 ft drop, but forklift-aided mechanical agitation, sure.

/Forklift races were the best
//Also a terrible idea
///Got docked a decent amount of pay to fix that wall. Oops


Wow we must have worked at the same place. But we did use the forklift to shake the machine one time. A bag of chips got stuck and blocked everything else coming down. There were about 4 things jammed in the machine when the supervisor got on the forklift, lifted it up and shook it a few times. Worked like a charm.
 
2014-02-20 11:11:23 AM
Been there.. seen it. Back in my younger days I worked at a shop where we had a machine that I swear was designed from day 1 to rip you off and that the vending machine co employees were trained to load it so stuff got stuck. First the techs would try to shake it. Then they moved on to front kicking it right in the control panel, bouncing it off the wall behind it. Then dead blow hammers and mallets. Then they began to up the ante with various engine parts. Sometimes said parts were loaded onto a shop cart which was then rammed into the machine. I witnessed the service manger use a Cummins L10 camshaft as a battering ram on it one day. The final straw was when a little kid who was in with his dad dropped in the change he had been scrounging for a couple days to get a candy bar and the machine farked him out of it. They got a forklift and gave that machine an up and down pounding that would have made Gage blush... knocked out every darn thing in there. They took the smokes, gave the kid most of the candy and stashed the rest. The kid loved it and they even let him ride on the forklift while they wrecked the machine. When they guy came to load it, he about shiate himself over the condition of the machine, to which they told him to remove said POS and give us a machine that works if he want's to keep his five others in the shop.

 I look back on it now fondly, watching neanderthal like diesel techs go from using brute strength to ever more sophisticated tools, machines and techniques to get their prizes. <cue space odyssey 2001 theme>

/csb
 
2014-02-20 11:12:48 AM
I dunno...  Seems reasonable to me as long as he didn't damage the machine.

Here in my office, the machines are tightly fit into a space between walls.  They are bolted together, and bolted to the floor.  It would take far more than a forklift to shake anything loose.
 
2014-02-20 11:13:50 AM
Sometimes you have to make up your vending losses with gains from *other* machines

I've actualy (allegedly) done this a few times and it worked great. Though one time I dicked the entire machine because the bottle got jamed in the drop hole when the conveyer belt was trying to re-adjust.
 
2014-02-20 11:14:29 AM
Really? REALLY?!?!

YOU ARE ALL SLACKING

dmtracey11.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-20 11:21:19 AM

kling_klang_bed: [static.fjcdn.com image 500x683]


Forklifts kill even more

85 deaths per year

34,900 accidents per year (causing serious injury)

61,800 non serious accidents (non injury)

A business with a forklift has higher insurance

Firing an employee who abuses expensive and dangerous equipment is good policy
 
2014-02-20 11:24:08 AM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: That's a firing?

Unless someone was riding the forks at the time I say the machine likely had it coming. You don't bring hydraulic equipment into play for the first Twix.


Exactly, the machine stepped over the line and needed to be reprimanded by another machine.
 
2014-02-20 11:24:10 AM

Waldo Pepper: Why does it appear that being a veteran is gives them carte blanche to do anything without accountability.


My first impression as well. No goddamn reason to start the article with a picture of him being deployed and bring up his service career. Being a vet doesn't give you a free pass when you when you act like an idiot, and as a vet, this kind of "b-b-b-but he's a vet, so we should feel bad for him" bullshiat kind of pisses me off.
 
2014-02-20 11:25:15 AM
Fact:  If he didn't do that, some other sumbiatch would put in a dollar and unfairly get TWO Twix.  We cannot tolerate that kind of redistribution in America.
 
2014-02-20 11:25:23 AM
Ok, maybe the rage isn't justified, but how farking hard is it to design a machine so that the corkscrew thingy keeps turning until the item drops?

These things are basically a food dispenser crossed with a slot machine.
 
2014-02-20 11:26:13 AM

trickymoo: Really? REALLY?!?!

YOU ARE ALL SLACKING

[dmtracey11.files.wordpress.com image 300x226]


Look for Booger42's post above.

/slacker
 
2014-02-20 11:27:36 AM
I think the real crime here is that the Twix bar was 90 cents.
 
2014-02-20 11:30:20 AM
Was his name Hank?
 
2014-02-20 11:32:07 AM
My new All-American Hero.  I've operated pallet jack lifters and loaders in warehouses, and I've also watched with unspoken and barely suppressed rage when a bag of M&Ms got snagged in a dispenser.

Pro Tip?  There's less risk if you just jostle the vending machine grasping the top and a side. That way, the damned thing won't fall on top of you and crush you.  Plus, you can survive to run away and hide, if it does fall down.
 
2014-02-20 11:42:11 AM
Just let it go man...
 
2014-02-20 11:50:00 AM

Uisce Beatha: As someone who used to drive a forklift in a warehouse ... I could see myself doing something like this back in the day. Maybe not a 2 ft drop, but forklift-aided mechanical agitation, sure.

/Forklift races were the best
//Also a terrible idea
///Got docked a decent amount of pay to fix that wall. Oops


Did you ever see the Staplerfahrer Klaus safety video?

//Sorry if the link doesn't work, can't review at work.  Just Google it and I'm sure you'll find it.
 
2014-02-20 11:50:22 AM
My company would have sent the guy home and fired him shortly thereafter. OSHA and safety are serious shiate. Guy made a stupid and dangerous decision, needs to not use heavy equipment.

/ our vending machines are set with stupid-high prices ($1.25 for a 20 oz Coke), so everyone brings in their own food and drink from home.
 
2014-02-20 11:51:00 AM
i1.ytimg.com

/obscure?
//i really should know better ;D
 
2014-02-20 11:52:09 AM

Arkanaut: Uisce Beatha: As someone who used to drive a forklift in a warehouse ... I could see myself doing something like this back in the day. Maybe not a 2 ft drop, but forklift-aided mechanical agitation, sure.

/Forklift races were the best
//Also a terrible idea
///Got docked a decent amount of pay to fix that wall. Oops

Did you ever see the Staplerfahrer Klaus safety video?

//Sorry if the link doesn't work, can't review at work.  Just Google it and I'm sure you'll find it.


Oh yeah, I should add it's probably NSFW.
 
2014-02-20 11:52:20 AM
This just in, employers can fire employees for just about any reason.
 
2014-02-20 11:55:47 AM
When I was stationed in Hawaii, we had a candy vending machine that constantly ripped us off. We complained, and got the deaf ear from the vending company, so we turned the machine upside-down, and shook all the candy out of it, then tossed it off the third floor balcony. People will only tolerate so much from a machine.
 
2014-02-20 12:03:07 PM

ImpendingCynic: Ok, maybe the rage isn't justified, but how farking hard is it to design a machine so that the corkscrew thingy keeps turning until the item drops?

These things are basically a food dispenser crossed with a slot machine.


Our office has one of those. Works pretty well, but it did issue me two bags of cookies once when the bag I was buying didn't fall out - it kept turning, and both it and the bag behind it fell out. Bonus cookies.

The annoying part of this machine is that it has a very narrow door through which you're supposed to fit your arm to retrieve your purchase. My wrist is more than 9" around and it's an annoyingly tight fit. Have to reach in with my right arm, because I have a watch on my left and I can't get it through the door.
 
2014-02-20 12:08:51 PM

Arkanaut: Did you ever see the Staplerfahrer Klaus safety video?


Many times.  Love the music.  Sets the tone perfectly.
 
2014-02-20 12:09:43 PM
I can't pass informed judgement without knowing whether or not the machine also had Skittles...
 
2014-02-20 12:11:56 PM

pdieten: ImpendingCynic: Ok, maybe the rage isn't justified, but how farking hard is it to design a machine so that the corkscrew thingy keeps turning until the item drops?

These things are basically a food dispenser crossed with a slot machine.

Our office has one of those. Works pretty well, but it did issue me two bags of cookies once when the bag I was buying didn't fall out - it kept turning, and both it and the bag behind it fell out. Bonus cookies.

The annoying part of this machine is that it has a very narrow door through which you're supposed to fit your arm to retrieve your purchase. My wrist is more than 9" around and it's an annoyingly tight fit. Have to reach in with my right arm, because I have a watch on my left and I can't get it through the door.


Damn ham fists! I can touch my pinky and thumb together around my opposite wrist
 
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