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Iowa man turns to forklift to dislodge Twix from vending machine, gets fired

A snack vending machine is shown at a health facility Jan. 6, 2004 in Des Plaines, Ill.
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Iowa man turns to forklift to dislodge Twix from vending machine, gets fired

A faulty vending machine didn’t just nearly cost an Iowa man $1 but ended up costing him his job, according to a report today from the Associated Press.

After banging, shaking and rocking didn’t work the recently unemployed 27-year-old Robert McKevitt, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, reportedly used a forklift to retrieve a Twix candy bar from the Polaris Industries’ warehouse vending machine.

In an interview with the Des Moines Register, McKevitt said the Twix candy bar he longed for got snagged on a hook, leaving his chocolaty goodness suspended in the machine.

“I was, like, ‘Oh, man,’ ” McKevitt told the newspaper. “So I put in another dollar, and then it wouldn’t do anything.”

So McKevitt took the logical next step, banging and rocking the machine in order to unhinge his candy bar.

When that didn’t work, according to unemployment records, McKevitt commandeered the forklift to go after the 90-cent candy bar, lifting the machine 2 feet in the air and dropping it on the concrete floor.

McKevitt reportedly did this at least a half-dozen times until the Twix, along with three other candy bars, fell, though he claims he never lifted and dropped the vending machine.

Five days later, after being confronted by a supervisor, McKevitt was fired.

"That machine was trouble," McKevitt said. "They fired me, and now I hear they have all new vending machines there."

McKevitt’s dismissal over the Twix candy bar not only landed him out of a job, but also a judge last month denied his claim to unemployment benefits, saying he had shown willful disregard to his employer’s interests.

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