[Noisebridge-discuss] vending machine fail

girlgeek girlgeek at wt.net
Mon Jan 17 04:55:23 UTC 2011

Is it an option to ask the person who sold us the vending machine to 
kindly deliver us one in working condition?

On 1/16/2011 7:37 PM, Snail wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 7:04 PM, Adam Fritzler <mid at zigamorph.net 
> <mailto:mid at zigamorph.net>> wrote:
>     (and, perhaps, the thought that the old method of
>     exchanging donations for soda was a bit more transparent than a
>     hulking glowing mrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring black box)
>     asf.
> Sadly, we shifted from people unreliably leaving money for drinks to 
> machines unreliably dispensing drinks for money. :/
> I heard people who counted the turn-out from the honors system 
> complained that not enough people were leaving enough money to restock 
> the fridge -- but I'm not 100% certain this hearsay is fact. I never 
> took drinks from the fridge because it never had anything I wanted to 
> drink. [Not counting tastebridge offering me kombucha where I tossed 
> money in the tastebridge jar specifically. Having someone watching you 
> take the drink makes you feel more obliged to offer money, but for 
> other reasons that social pressure kept me from trying anything from 
> tastebridge for a long time ... but now I'm getting off track.]
> Is the machine still more likely to give drinks than people are likely 
> to leave cash for drinks? I guess that's the bottom line here on 
> whether or not people will keep using it.
> Anyone is still welcome to stock the fridge and run an honors system 
> for soda -- I think you'll just be stuck with a constant restocking 
> fee, which is why I won't volunteer to donate drinks to it. Too many 
> people who can't/won't leave money and not enough social pressure to 
> keep you out of the fridge if you're poor/a jerk. Something like 
> tastebridge only got positive returns [or so Frantisek told me it was 
> paying itself back] because it had people standing in front of the tip 
> jars watching you, which was enough to keep poor folk like me from 
> taking food when they had no money to donate and were too shy to help 
> in the kitchen. :)
> -- 
> -Snailssnailssnailssnailssnailssnailssnails
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