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2014-03-27 10:12:18 AM
Live Crab vending?  For food or pets?
 
2014-03-27 10:15:33 AM

ipxodi: Live Crab vending?  For food or pets?


whynotboth.jpg?

Before I click, what's the over/under on the number of these machines that are from Japan?
 
2014-03-27 10:15:59 AM
I remember going to the Bahamas as a kid and there were beer vending machines right along side Coke machines at the marina in West End.  This was in the 70's.
 
2014-03-27 10:24:45 AM
I remember when they had beer machines in the barracks, in my early navy career.
 
2014-03-27 10:28:16 AM

flaminio: ipxodi: Live Crab vending?  For food or pets?

whynotboth.jpg?

Before I click, what's the over/under on the number of these machines that are from Japan?


surprisingly i think only 1 may have been japanese...the beer one...

and of those 10, maybe 4 were new to me, and the only 2 that were surprising to me were the live crab (wtf is this for?) and the burrito...simply because it assembles the burrito from your choice of toppings.

my wife works for 7-11. her store doesn't have a mashed potato machine. i am strangely disappoint.
 
2014-03-27 10:31:10 AM

codigo: I remember when they had beer machines in the barracks, in my early navy career.


i was stationed at ramstein in the airforce. we had a vending machine (or more?) in our dorm's main dayroom by the laundry room. it had sodas (some local like various fantas, and of course coca cola, diet coke, etc) and beers. not exactly groundbreaking to have beer in a vending machine. more of a "keep away from kids" issue than an innovation issue.
 
2014-03-27 10:35:48 AM
No used panty vendor?
www.kazak.com
 
2014-03-27 10:38:03 AM
graphics8.nytimes.com

That last machine seems a bit scetchy. Might want to be a bit careful about reaching into the slot.
 
2014-03-27 10:38:20 AM
There is a little grab n go type place near her e that has a biscuits and gravy vending machine. I haven't been brave enough, or drunk enough, to try them.

 Oh hey! Here's a vid showing one in action.
 
2014-03-27 10:40:46 AM

Whatthefark: There is a little grab n go type place near her e that has a biscuits and gravy vending machine. I haven't been brave enough, or drunk enough, to try them.

 Oh hey! Here's a vid showing one in action.


sounds awesome! i can't play the video at work, though

i would try it...no need for bravery nor intoxication...it's biscuits and gravy ffs!
 
2014-03-27 10:41:12 AM
This is Fark.
where are the comments about panty vending machines?
/with pictures.
 
2014-03-27 10:41:54 AM
Sorry didn't refresh before posting.
 
2014-03-27 10:45:59 AM
coolest vending machine i've seen/used was in paris.

it was facing the sidewalk, built into the outer wall of a building near my hotel, in a part of paris i'd never been before, not quite in a tourist area.

the items were larger convenience items...liter of cola, bottle of laundry detergent, etc.

it had a bucket on a rail system...insert your money, choose your item, the bucket would position under the item, the item would be gently pushed into the bucket, the bucket would move down to the slot where you grab it. i can't remember what we bought, maybe a soda...? we bought something just to watch it in action
 
2014-03-27 10:47:57 AM
In the early 00's there was a huge vending machine in DC at Adams Morgan. It was about the size of a small convience store and had everything that a convience store would have asprin, gallons of milk, bread, it was pretty cool and it lasted about a year.
 
2014-03-27 11:01:41 AM

bungle_jr: coolest vending machine i've seen/used was in paris.

it was facing the sidewalk, built into the outer wall of a building near my hotel, in a part of paris i'd never been before, not quite in a tourist area.

the items were larger convenience items...liter of cola, bottle of laundry detergent, etc.

it had a bucket on a rail system...insert your money, choose your item, the bucket would position under the item, the item would be gently pushed into the bucket, the bucket would move down to the slot where you grab it. i can't remember what we bought, maybe a soda...? we bought something just to watch it in action


That's what Redbox used to be:
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-27 11:06:33 AM
I've seen a couple of Best Buy vending machines with electronics like Ipods, cameras and other miscellaneous electronics.
 
2014-03-27 11:31:23 AM

naughtyrev: bungle_jr: coolest vending machine i've seen/used was in paris.

it was facing the sidewalk, built into the outer wall of a building near my hotel, in a part of paris i'd never been before, not quite in a tourist area.

the items were larger convenience items...liter of cola, bottle of laundry detergent, etc.

it had a bucket on a rail system...insert your money, choose your item, the bucket would position under the item, the item would be gently pushed into the bucket, the bucket would move down to the slot where you grab it. i can't remember what we bought, maybe a soda...? we bought something just to watch it in action

That's what Redbox used to be:
[i.imgur.com image 850x637]


wow! the one in paris was nowhere near this large...and, as i said, it was built into the wall. but that redbox is awesome!

codigo: I've seen a couple of Best Buy vending machines with electronics like Ipods, cameras and other miscellaneous electronics.


yeah, the times i've been in the irving mall (irving, tx) they had one
 
2014-03-27 11:33:29 AM
I saw the pizza machine on one of those how it is made shows. It looked like the pizza was at least edible.
 
2014-03-27 11:36:41 AM

bungle_jr: naughtyrev: bungle_jr: coolest vending machine i've seen/used was in paris.

it was facing the sidewalk, built into the outer wall of a building near my hotel, in a part of paris i'd never been before, not quite in a tourist area.

the items were larger convenience items...liter of cola, bottle of laundry detergent, etc.

it had a bucket on a rail system...insert your money, choose your item, the bucket would position under the item, the item would be gently pushed into the bucket, the bucket would move down to the slot where you grab it. i can't remember what we bought, maybe a soda...? we bought something just to watch it in action

That's what Redbox used to be:
[i.imgur.com image 850x637]

wow! the one in paris was nowhere near this large...and, as i said, it was built into the wall. but that redbox is awesome!


I'm guessing I know exactly what you're talking about - I saw something similar to this Redbox one in Nice about 15 years ago or so. It was on a corner where a store use to be, built right in to the facade.
 
2014-03-27 11:56:07 AM

ipxodi: Live Crab vending?  For food or pets?

 Both possibilities leaves me wanting more information.
I assume food. But, how, and why, do you eat a chilled, dormant live crab.
 
2014-03-27 11:58:24 AM

naughtyrev: bungle_jr: naughtyrev: bungle_jr: coolest vending machine i've seen/used was in paris.

it was facing the sidewalk, built into the outer wall of a building near my hotel, in a part of paris i'd never been before, not quite in a tourist area.

the items were larger convenience items...liter of cola, bottle of laundry detergent, etc.

it had a bucket on a rail system...insert your money, choose your item, the bucket would position under the item, the item would be gently pushed into the bucket, the bucket would move down to the slot where you grab it. i can't remember what we bought, maybe a soda...? we bought something just to watch it in action

That's what Redbox used to be:
[i.imgur.com image 850x637]

wow! the one in paris was nowhere near this large...and, as i said, it was built into the wall. but that redbox is awesome!

I'm guessing I know exactly what you're talking about - I saw something similar to this Redbox one in Nice about 15 years ago or so. It was on a corner where a store use to be, built right in to the facade.


I think I'm remembering the same one... It's up on the hill on the way to Monte Carlo, there's a gas station there and the vending machine is built into the building?
 
2014-03-27 12:16:29 PM
 
2014-03-27 01:02:56 PM
The french fry vending machine isn't new.  In the early 1980s the legendary "Mr. Crispy" did that.  For a dollar, it fried up some crinkle-cuts and dropped them into a paper cup.  A salt packet was stuck to the underside of the cup.  Remarkably edible, and cost maybe 75 cents.  They never made a lot of the machines, though.
 
2014-03-27 01:17:38 PM

The Black Dahlia: naughtyrev: bungle_jr: naughtyrev: bungle_jr: coolest vending machine i've seen/used was in paris.

it was facing the sidewalk, built into the outer wall of a building near my hotel, in a part of paris i'd never been before, not quite in a tourist area.

the items were larger convenience items...liter of cola, bottle of laundry detergent, etc.

it had a bucket on a rail system...insert your money, choose your item, the bucket would position under the item, the item would be gently pushed into the bucket, the bucket would move down to the slot where you grab it. i can't remember what we bought, maybe a soda...? we bought something just to watch it in action

That's what Redbox used to be:
[i.imgur.com image 850x637]

wow! the one in paris was nowhere near this large...and, as i said, it was built into the wall. but that redbox is awesome!

I'm guessing I know exactly what you're talking about - I saw something similar to this Redbox one in Nice about 15 years ago or so. It was on a corner where a store use to be, built right in to the facade.

I think I'm remembering the same one... It's up on the hill on the way to Monte Carlo, there's a gas station there and the vending machine is built into the building?


The one I'm thinking of was near the train station - I passed it on my way to my hotel, which was towards the waterfront.
 
2014-03-27 01:41:16 PM
Tried the mashed potatoes when I was living in Singapore.  They weren't bad.  Just your run of the mill instant mashed potatoes.  It was... unsettling watching the gravy stream down onto them however.  Also, I didn't see the appeal of eating hot mashed potatoes in a place where the average temperate is 85F.
 
2014-03-27 02:08:32 PM
The best vending machine i ever noticed was on a factory tour in a chemistry plant in Bavaria some years ago. 6 or 7 kinds of beer, from some local brands, besides 2 or 3 non-alcoholic beverages. On the other side: beer is still considered as a staple food in Bavaria...

But, guys, a farkin' CHEMISTRY PLANT!?

Stay sober in your lab...
 
2014-03-27 02:45:21 PM
As hard as it is to believe, there used to be cigarette vending machines! Even in places like hospitals, hotels, and even work-places! There was one where I worked up until California banned smoking practically everywhere (which is also now banned in public places and private homes). I know it sounds so weird, but in the past, a lot of things were left to individual discretion that we now know cannot be. Imagine all the children (like me) who saw cigarette machines! And witnessed people smoking in hospitals and doctor's offices. And saw ashtrays *everywhere*! Strange days indeed...most peculiar, mama.
 
2014-03-27 02:53:07 PM
Oh! Also, long before my time, there was a *restaurant* that was basically all vending machines. Walls of small glass cubicles with food inside, hot and cold, and you put in money at the cubicle you wanted, then you slid the door open and pulled out your item, took it over to a table and ate it. If you were still hungry, just pop some more coins at another little cubicle and get more. They had everything from soup to nuts, literally. There was a door at the back of each cubicle and someone behind the wall would refill each empty cubicle. I think it was called the Automat, and was supposedly the wave of the future, since there was no tipping, no waiters or bussers or paying the check (or dine and dash), just cooks in the back filling the empty cubicles. I think it was kind of awesome and I wonder why the business model died? I would rather go to a place like that than fast food (which I don't eat) any day.
 
2014-03-27 02:56:16 PM

silvervial: As hard as it is to believe, there used to be cigarette vending machines! Even in places like hospitals, hotels, and even work-places! There was one where I worked up until California banned smoking practically everywhere (which is also now banned in public places and private homes). I know it sounds so weird, but in the past, a lot of things were left to individual discretion that we now know cannot be. Imagine all the children (like me) who saw cigarette machines! And witnessed people smoking in hospitals and doctor's offices. And saw ashtrays *everywhere*! Strange days indeed...most peculiar, mama.


They still have those around here in New Orleans.
 
2014-03-27 02:58:57 PM
I saw a vending machine for Proactive skin car products in a mall once. Thought that was weird until I saw the mashed potato machine.
 
2014-03-27 02:59:43 PM

Hard Nard: I saw a vending machine for Proactive skin care products in a mall once. Thought that was weird until I saw the mashed potato machine.

 
2014-03-27 03:25:10 PM

silvervial: Oh! Also, long before my time, there was a *restaurant* that was basically all vending machines. Walls of small glass cubicles with food inside, hot and cold, and you put in money at the cubicle you wanted, then you slid the door open and pulled out your item, took it over to a table and ate it. If you were still hungry, just pop some more coins at another little cubicle and get more. They had everything from soup to nuts, literally. There was a door at the back of each cubicle and someone behind the wall would refill each empty cubicle. I think it was called the Automat, and was supposedly the wave of the future, since there was no tipping, no waiters or bussers or paying the check (or dine and dash), just cooks in the back filling the empty cubicles. I think it was kind of awesome and I wonder why the business model died? I would rather go to a place like that than fast food (which I don't eat) any day.


It's called an "Automat".
 
2014-03-27 03:37:19 PM

buckler: silvervial: Oh! Also, long before my time, there was a *restaurant* that was basically all vending machines. Walls of small glass cubicles with food inside, hot and cold, and you put in money at the cubicle you wanted, then you slid the door open and pulled out your item, took it over to a table and ate it. If you were still hungry, just pop some more coins at another little cubicle and get more. They had everything from soup to nuts, literally. There was a door at the back of each cubicle and someone behind the wall would refill each empty cubicle. I think it was called the Automat, and was supposedly the wave of the future, since there was no tipping, no waiters or bussers or paying the check (or dine and dash), just cooks in the back filling the empty cubicles. I think it was kind of awesome and I wonder why the business model died? I would rather go to a place like that than fast food (which I don't eat) any day.

It's called an "Automat".


i may be remembering wrong...i think it was 9th grade i was on a high school band trip to d.c., and i believe a place we ate at still had the automat vending machines...this was ~23 to ~24 years ago, but still well beyond the years automats were popular
 
2014-03-27 05:02:18 PM
http://www.bikestocknyc.com/

A vending machine for a select few bike parts. I think every shop should have one of these outside. After hours, need a tube? Bikestock!
 
2014-03-27 08:41:54 PM
Are they Extra Big Ass FRIES by Carl's Jr?

/fark you, I'm eating
 
Ral
2014-03-28 01:16:47 AM

silvervial: As hard as it is to believe, there used to be cigarette vending machines! Even in places like hospitals, hotels, and even work-places! There was one where I worked up until California banned smoking practically everywhere (which is also now banned in public places and private homes). I know it sounds so weird, but in the past, a lot of things were left to individual discretion that we now know cannot be. Imagine all the children (like me) who saw cigarette machines! And witnessed people smoking in hospitals and doctor's offices. And saw ashtrays *everywhere*! Strange days indeed...most peculiar, mama.


Yup I remember those.  They had those round "pull really really hard" knobs on them for each selection.
 
2014-03-28 02:55:29 PM

bungle_jr: codigo: I remember when they had beer machines in the barracks, in my early navy career.

i was stationed at ramstein in the airforce. we had a vending machine (or more?) in our dorm's main dayroom by the laundry room. it had sodas (some local like various fantas, and of course coca cola, diet coke, etc) and beers. not exactly groundbreaking to have beer in a vending machine. more of a "keep away from kids" issue than an innovation issue.


The golf course at NAS Jax had beer vending machines at least up until the mid-90s.
 
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