Soda machines normally dispense soda, but according to a Feb. 27 report in the DCist, a Pepsi machine in Washington D.C., has been vending malt liquor. The soda machine, which was reportedly rigged to dispense malt liquor is located in the Trinidad neighborhood of the nation’s capital.
The information about tampered Pepsi machine was disclosed by prominent D.C. blogger, Geoffrey Hatchard, who tweeted notes from the Trinidad Neighborhood Association’s recent meeting, that the Metropolitan Police Department had discovered the vending machine was rigged to dispense liquor instead of soda. The association re-tweeted the message, confirming the information.
Association president Danielle Bays notified the DCist with an update, indicating that police have disabled the machine. “The Pepsi machine was in front of a 4-unit apartment and of course no one claimed responsibility for it. It charged $3 for the malt liquor so kids were buying it (cheaper for adults to get at the store). MPD disabled it and were waiting for the property owner to have it removed.”
While vending alcohol is illegal in Washington, D.C., the Huffington Post reports that Japan is much less fussy about it, allowing sales of beer via vending machines. However the country has made efforts to phase out these machines.
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