[Noisebridge-discuss] [Drama] [Vending Machines]

Forrest Flanagan solenoidclock at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 10:21:34 PST 2012


Anti-luddite sentiments aside, I'm more disappointed in how soda vending
and automated fountain drinks have destroyed soda jerk culture. Soft drinks
in the US used to be a lot more healthful and interesting, but nowadays if
I want a chocolate phosphate I need to spend an hour with the chemistry set
because acid phosphate isn't even manufactured anymore.

/first tangent

On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM, Martin Bogomolni <martinbogo at gmail.com>wrote:

> I'm adding the [drama] tag simply because I know this is going to be a
> Conversation Utterly Negated by Tangental Subjects.
>
> On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM, Tony Longshanks LeTigre
> <anthonyletigre at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Who was it that was talking about a Human Vending Machine the other day?
> I'm
> > in favor of that. When vending machines first came along, they took away
> a
> > lot of jobs from poor working class schmoez that used to be employed
> selling
> > candy bars, pop-tarts, cigarettes, Tampax, cummerbunds, gewgaws etc
> O(ver)
> > T(he) C(ounter).
>
> At some clubs downtown in Austin, some entrepreneurial people who
> formerly didn't have jobs have banded together to be Human Vending
> Machines.  They sell things that are usually not provided by the
> clubs, and the clubs don't mind.   Cigarettes, candy, blinky lights,
> glow sticks, aspirin/tylenol/advil mini packs, and other assorted
> useful things (condoms, single-use breathalyzers).    As it turns out,
> it's pretty damned profitable and people like the personal service.
>
> And .. yes .. it's mostly women in short skirts and plunging
> necklines... although there are a couple guys in drag, some of the
> women in some sharp suits, and a few people that just do it in good
> 'ol clubwear.
>
> Still, there's a definite place for a human vending person, even today.
>
> -Martin
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