[Noisebridge-discuss] vending machine fail

Patrick Keys citizenkeys at gmail.com
Mon Jan 17 05:00:08 UTC 2011

The only part of the machine that doesn't seem to work right is the 
dollar mechanism.  That might just be a configuration error.  Even if it 
isn't, whoever sold us the machine should be able to take one out of 
another machine.  So the whole machine doesn't need to be replaced.

FYI: The fluorescent light bulbs inside are single-prong on each side 
and 5' in length.  Neither lowes nor discount hardware carries 5' 
single-prong lightbulbs.


On 1/16/2011 8:55 PM, girlgeek wrote:
> Is it an option to ask the person who sold us the vending machine to
> kindly deliver us one in working condition?
> -Claudia
> 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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