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(Lehighton Times News)   Business reports thieves break in and steal money from video game device. Fark: $19,355 to be exact   (tnonline.com) divider line
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2022-12-01 10:42:39 PM  
Must've been a Defender machine not emptied since 1982.
 
2022-12-01 10:42:46 PM  
I assume it was a slot machine?
 
HFK [recently expired TotalFark]
2022-12-01 10:46:45 PM  
I am going to call BS on it being stolen from a video game. Most likely this is one of those 'arcade' places which are just video poker and slot machines and to skirt the law you get paid off in gift cards and such.

They busted a bunch of them down here about 3 years ago but now they are all over the place again. Besides, a Pac Man coin bucket can only hold maybe $2-$3 hundred in quarters.

What is a surprise is that they would let any slot/poker game to build up that much coin, most places you get a card that you swipe instead of using actual money.
 
HFK [recently expired TotalFark]
2022-12-01 10:47:47 PM  
Also, story is very light on details.
 
2022-12-01 10:51:59 PM  

emonk: Must've been a Defender machine not emptied since 1982.


Most old school video game and pinball coin boxes only hold about $500 in quarters without overflowing. Bad things happen when coins start piling up on the open-frame power supplies many of those video game cabinets used.
 
2022-12-01 10:53:52 PM  

Gilligann: I assume it was a slot machine?


Of course it wasn't a slot machine, those are immoral and promote gambling which is a sin.  This was a video gaming device for recreation, that happened to pay out cash for wins.  Totally different
 
2022-12-01 10:55:39 PM  
Assuming all doughnut stores are closed, nice work Lou
 
2022-12-01 10:55:56 PM  
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2022-12-01 10:56:52 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gilligann: I assume it was a slot machine?

Of course it wasn't a slot machine, those are immoral and promote gambling which is a sin.  This was a video gaming device for recreation, that happened to pay out cash for wins.  Totally different


For those that ain't connecting the dots, it was probably a video poker machine
 
2022-12-01 11:01:17 PM  
PA passed 'skill' machines a few years back. They were supposed to be limited in where they can be, who can have access, and how many can be operated in an area. In reality they are found everywhere: bars, convince stores, even pharmacies. Nothing like watching your neighbor drop their entire paycheck in one just after cashing it. Just another scam that feeds on those looking for an easy way.
 
2022-12-01 11:04:18 PM  
If they smurf their deposits under $10,000, they should be fine.
 
2022-12-01 11:12:09 PM  

End_Of_Line: PA passed 'skill' machines a few years back. They were supposed to be limited in where they can be, who can have access, and how many can be operated in an area. In reality they are found everywhere: bars, convince stores, even pharmacies. Nothing like watching your neighbor drop their entire paycheck in one just after cashing it. Just another scam that feeds on those looking for an easy way.


I visited my old hometown in Deepest Central PA a while back, and the convenience stores were full of those things.  They even look sketchy as hell.
 
2022-12-01 11:12:44 PM  
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They took 1 Bitcoin and $2500 cash?
 
2022-12-01 11:19:20 PM  
"someone entered the store through an unlocked door."

That certainly sounds reasonable.
 
2022-12-01 11:19:24 PM  
The amount stolen! It's OVER 9000!
 
2022-12-02 12:02:29 AM  

Ragin' Asian: If they smurf their deposits under $10,000, they should be fine.


Don't even deposit it. Most of your day to day expenses can be paid in cash. Rent can be cashier's checks.
 
2022-12-02 12:36:21 AM  
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this guy ?
 
2022-12-02 12:48:31 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gilligann: I assume it was a slot machine?

Of course it wasn't a slot machine, those are immoral and promote gambling which is a sin.  This was a video gaming device for recreation, that happened to pay out cash for wins.  Totally different

For those that ain't connecting the dots, it was probably a video poker machine


I suspect it was something like this fishing game.

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Looks like a video game, is in fact a disguised fruit machine. Put money in to win cash by catching fish, all governed by internally calculated probabilities.
 
2022-12-02 12:54:51 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gilligann: I assume it was a slot machine?

Of course it wasn't a slot machine, those are immoral and promote gambling which is a sin.  This was a video gaming device for recreation, that happened to pay out cash for wins.  Totally different

For those that ain't connecting the dots, it was probably a video poker machine

I suspect it was something like this fishing game.

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Looks like a video game, is in fact a disguised fruit machine. Put money in to win cash by catching fish, all governed by internally calculated probabilities.


Could well be - I just went with video poker as it's kinda the most common example of it's ilk.  But yeah shiat like your pic also pops up - especially in places that are full on about the hypocrisy and certainly wouldn't have one of those riff raff card games in their establishment.  This is fishing!
 
2022-12-02 1:00:54 AM  

End_Of_Line: PA passed 'skill' machines a few years back. They were supposed to be limited in where they can be, who can have access, and how many can be operated in an area. In reality they are found everywhere: bars, convince stores, even pharmacies. Nothing like watching your neighbor drop their entire paycheck in one just after cashing it. Just another scam that feeds on those looking for an easy way.


Yes, but don't people looking to get rich quick deserve to be scammed?
 
2022-12-02 1:02:56 AM  

Ragin' Asian: If they smurf their smurfs under $smurf, they should be smurf.


Smurfed for smurf.
 
2022-12-02 1:33:12 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gilligann: I assume it was a slot machine?

Of course it wasn't a slot machine, those are immoral and promote gambling which is a sin.  This was a video gaming device for recreation, that happened to pay out cash for wins.  Totally different

For those that ain't connecting the dots, it was probably a video poker machine


How are you ACTUALLY clearing that much cash? I've worked with (and red teamed) some pretty high-end vending machines in duty-free areas in several airports, the ones you only get to with a flight club membership. These machines are actually an industry, and take mostly the same parts, although the locks do tend to spiral off into different caches. Cash boxes are almost universal across the entire vending/arcade industry. Hell, there are conversion kits to take standard ATM cash boxes from several manufacturers if you're willing to cut out the change-making box for cash machines and go cash only. Pretty common for the $20+ vending machines. I don't think any of the new models have come out in the past 10 years that even made change, bill return only.

Max capacity on those cash boxes, even holding $100's? $20k. Some of the items they carry include $500 bottles of Scotch, etc.. They literally hobble the machines so that they can't take the standard cash-box sizes (would be something like $80k otherwise) specifically to prevent thefts like this and to keep the insurance down.

Either the designer is an idiot with more loops in his belt than neurons (and we're talking about pretty smart criminals here relatively, they can get farking creative), or somebody fat-fingered the 0 when typing that article up.
 
2022-12-02 2:12:46 AM  
I have two... Yes TWO, 20 dollar gift cards for Dave and Busters. We almost used them in ATL but I only 20 feet inside before being run into by a 5 year old and the noise level at that place was set on stun.
I'll try the one here one day and bring ear plugs....maybe get a burger and play the coin pusher.

Inebriated Bolshevik Muppet: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gilligann: I assume it was a slot machine?

Of course it wasn't a slot machine, those are immoral and promote gambling which is a sin.  This was a video gaming device for recreation, that happened to pay out cash for wins.  Totally different

For those that ain't connecting the dots, it was probably a video poker machine

How are you ACTUALLY clearing that much cash? I've worked with (and red teamed) some pretty high-end vending machines in duty-free areas in several airports, the ones you only get to with a flight club membership. These machines are actually an industry, and take mostly the same parts, although the locks do tend to spiral off into different caches. Cash boxes are almost universal across the entire vending/arcade industry. Hell, there are conversion kits to take standard ATM cash boxes from several manufacturers if you're willing to cut out the change-making box for cash machines and go cash only. Pretty common for the $20+ vending machines. I don't think any of the new models have come out in the past 10 years that even made change, bill return only.

Max capacity on those cash boxes, even holding $100's? $20k. Some of the items they carry include $500 bottles of Scotch, etc.. They literally hobble the machines so that they can't take the standard cash-box sizes (would be something like $80k otherwise) specifically to prevent thefts like this and to keep the insurance down.

Either the designer is an idiot with more loops in his belt than neurons (and we're talking about pretty smart criminals here relatively, they can get farking creative), or somebody fat-fingered the 0 when typing that article up.



Or insurance report.
 
2022-12-02 2:22:03 AM  

fragMasterFlash: emonk: Must've been a Defender machine not emptied since 1982.

Most old school video game and pinball coin boxes only hold about $500 in quarters without overflowing. Bad things happen when coins start piling up on the open-frame power supplies many of those video game cabinets used.


At the computer shop where I worked. It was surprisingly common to have a machine brought in filled with coins in the disk drive. Kids would put in coins to 'make it go'
 
2022-12-02 2:39:16 AM  

fragMasterFlash: emonk: Must've been a Defender machine not emptied since 1982.

Most old school video game and pinball coin boxes only hold about $500 in quarters without overflowing. Bad things happen when coins start piling up on the open-frame power supplies many of those video game cabinets used.


For that matter, since $20 in quarters weighs exactly 1 pound, just under $20k would weigh just under 1,000 lb. That's a lot of quarters.
 
2022-12-02 2:40:43 AM  
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2022-12-02 2:51:02 AM  

HFK: I am going to call BS on it being stolen from a video game. Most likely this is one of those 'arcade' places which are just video poker and slot machines and to skirt the law you get paid off in gift cards and such.

They busted a bunch of them down here about 3 years ago but now they are all over the place again. Besides, a Pac Man coin bucket can only hold maybe $2-$3 hundred in quarters.

What is a surprise is that they would let any slot/poker game to build up that much coin, most places you get a card that you swipe instead of using actual money.


I live near Cressona... these are not smart people around here. Trust me.
 
2022-12-02 2:59:31 AM  

optikeye: fragMasterFlash: emonk: Must've been a Defender machine not emptied since 1982.

Most old school video game and pinball coin boxes only hold about $500 in quarters without overflowing. Bad things happen when coins start piling up on the open-frame power supplies many of those video game cabinets used.

At the computer shop where I worked. It was surprisingly common to have a machine brought in filled with coins in the disk drive. Kids would put in coins to 'make it go'


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2022-12-02 3:00:12 AM  

Sum Dum Gai: fragMasterFlash: emonk: Must've been a Defender machine not emptied since 1982.

Most old school video game and pinball coin boxes only hold about $500 in quarters without overflowing. Bad things happen when coins start piling up on the open-frame power supplies many of those video game cabinets used.

For that matter, since $20 in quarters weighs exactly 1 pound, just under $20k would weigh just under 1,000 lb. That's a lot of quarters.


The machines take bills these days
 
2022-12-02 3:04:53 AM  

Sum Dum Gai: fragMasterFlash: emonk: Must've been a Defender machine not emptied since 1982.

Most old school video game and pinball coin boxes only hold about $500 in quarters without overflowing. Bad things happen when coins start piling up on the open-frame power supplies many of those video game cabinets used.

For that matter, since $20 in quarters weighs exactly 1 pound, just under $20k would weigh just under 1,000 lb. That's a lot of quarters.


Do you even lift bro?
 
2022-12-02 5:41:37 AM  
40 years of Galaga earnings.

/or video poker or some shiat.
 
2022-12-02 5:42:22 AM  
Did the machine look anything like this?

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2022-12-02 5:46:37 AM  
The machine would have to take bills to contain that much money.  As stated above, $20K in quarters would jam the coin slots.  I used to work in an arcade in the 90s, you had to empty the boxes regularly, or tokens would get stuck, and you would be stuck taking the game offline to un-jam it.

My only question is what game it was.  Video poker seems most likely, but laws on gambling vary from state to state.  I doubt any gas station in PA would be able to cover big payouts given that most retail places demand you deposit big bills in a safe these days (ostensibly for protection of the workers by preventing hold-ups).
 
2022-12-02 6:55:38 AM  

The Third Man: End_Of_Line: PA passed 'skill' machines a few years back. They were supposed to be limited in where they can be, who can have access, and how many can be operated in an area. In reality they are found everywhere: bars, convince stores, even pharmacies. Nothing like watching your neighbor drop their entire paycheck in one just after cashing it. Just another scam that feeds on those looking for an easy way.

I visited my old hometown in Deepest Central PA a while back, and the convenience stores were full of those things.  They even look sketchy as hell.


Same here. It was more notable which places did not have any. A machine like these having $19K? Must have been a slow day.
 
2022-12-02 7:46:30 AM  

dbrunker: Did the machine look anything like this?

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No, it looked more like this...

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/tell 'em Large Marge sent ya.
 
2022-12-02 9:01:38 AM  

Gilligann: I assume it was a slot machine?


This.

And sounds like someone didn't bother emptying for months, and is probably getting fired.
 
2022-12-02 9:58:37 AM  

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I've been named to a couple of "best of" lists for commercial directors over the years, and I've never come close to achieving the perfection of the pachinko dancers in the desert... or even the triplets spot.

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2022-12-02 12:22:22 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gilligann: I assume it was a slot machine?

Of course it wasn't a slot machine, those are immoral and promote gambling which is a sin.  This was a video gaming device for recreation, that happened to pay out cash for wins.  Totally different


no no no, this is a video gaming device that relies on SKILL, i swear.
 
2022-12-02 12:38:53 PM  

optikeye: I have two... Yes TWO, 20 dollar gift cards for Dave and Busters. We almost used them in ATL but I only 20 feet inside before being run into by a 5 year old and the noise level at that place was set on stun.
I'll try the one here one day and bring ear plugs....maybe get a burger and play the coin pusher.

Inebriated Bolshevik Muppet: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Gilligann: I assume it was a slot machine?

Of course it wasn't a slot machine, those are immoral and promote gambling which is a sin.  This was a video gaming device for recreation, that happened to pay out cash for wins.  Totally different

For those that ain't connecting the dots, it was probably a video poker machine

How are you ACTUALLY clearing that much cash? I've worked with (and red teamed) some pretty high-end vending machines in duty-free areas in several airports, the ones you only get to with a flight club membership. These machines are actually an industry, and take mostly the same parts, although the locks do tend to spiral off into different caches. Cash boxes are almost universal across the entire vending/arcade industry. Hell, there are conversion kits to take standard ATM cash boxes from several manufacturers if you're willing to cut out the change-making box for cash machines and go cash only. Pretty common for the $20+ vending machines. I don't think any of the new models have come out in the past 10 years that even made change, bill return only.

Max capacity on those cash boxes, even holding $100's? $20k. Some of the items they carry include $500 bottles of Scotch, etc.. They literally hobble the machines so that they can't take the standard cash-box sizes (would be something like $80k otherwise) specifically to prevent thefts like this and to keep the insurance down.

Either the designer is an idiot with more loops in his belt than neurons (and we're talking about pretty smart criminals here relatively, they can get farking creative), or somebody fat-fingered the 0 w ...


Well they'd often hire ME to make sure that didn't happen, and I carried a hip iron. And I was one of the relatively cheap guys to hire. Still in the top 3/4, but not someone who asked too many questions.

You want to end up dead quick? Ain't the mob you have to worry about. Screw with the insurance companies? You disappear like one of those xeno-monster documentaries.
 
2022-12-02 2:41:57 PM  
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Was is this "video game device"?
 
2022-12-02 4:46:35 PM  

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Was is this "video game device"?


The "Make a slot machine that doesn't look like a slot machine" market has gotten kinda huge.  Seriously.  See the fishing game example upthread from Gordon.  People that absolutely would not have a filthy gambling machine for degenerates and greyhairs spending their social security checks are fine with a cute little video game style bleep-bloop fest that just happens to take in and pay out real money.  Mostly take in - which is a large part of why they're fine with it - but you seriously see plenty that just figure slot machine and cards and such are gambling, but video games are just fun right so those are ok.  Yes, it's dumb, but it works.  It works really damn well - those machines make money
 
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