A vodka vending machine has some city officials in the town center of Melitopol, Ukraine a bit miffed. Tax inspectors aren't laughing about this prank. Somehow slick tricksters managed to swap out coffee for vodka and fruit juicers to be dispensed from a vending machine, UPI reports Sept. 9.
Authorities are reportedly investigating how the coffee vending machine turned into a vodka vending machine. Tax inspectors want to interview the owner of the "wonder machine" that is believed to contain illegal trade in alcohol, the BBC reports. The vending machine accepted coins and banknotes and charged $1 for each shot of vodka. Authorities soon taped up the money slots when they learned what was going on.
This might seem like a funny joke, but clearly the tax inspectors aren't taking well to the headlining "vodka vending machine" gaining international attention. How long the machine was dispensing alcoholic drinks before anyone noticed something was different wasn't revealed.
In 2012, about 35 percent of all vodka produced in the Ukraine was unlawfully made, according to experts quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine news.
One might imagine it wouldn't be easy tricking a coffee vending machine into becoming a vodka vending machine. Will investigators find out who the person or group is that did this?