Most people put their money into a soda machine and expect. . . well, soda. But according to the Huffington Post on Feb. 27, there’s a machine in the Trinidad neighborhood of Washington D.C. that gives you more for your money, like a can of malt liquor instead.
An officer with the Metropolitan Police Department had discovered the vending machine and tweeted Geoffrey Hatchard, a prominent D.C. blogger, who then put the word on the street. The Trinidad Neighborhood Association got wind of it and tweeted:
"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)."
How the machine was tampered with is still under investigation. It’s unclear how old the machine is or how technologically advanced it is.
Liquor vending machines are popular in other parts of the world. In Japan, for instance, you can get beer from a vending machine. And even in this country, you can get wine from a vending machine in some places in Pennsylvania. These wine kiosks make you swipe your driver’s license, look into a camera and pass a built-in Breathalyzer test before you can get your wine. But if you put your money in and pass all three tests, you get the drink.
Of course, the machine in D.C. was obviously rigged to dispense malt liquor instead of soda and it’s in a public area where kids have access to it.
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