COMMENTARY | Few things are more infuriating than losing your last dollar to a stubborn vending machine. Most of us, hopefully, have enough suave and rationality to avoid going all MMA on the offending machine. Personally, I limit myself to several mashes of the button and a few choice curse words. Then I remind myself that my gut probably didn’t need the extra calories and vow to never use that vending machine again. In Iowa, a warehouse worker apparently paid heed to far different logic, reports Fox News.
The man, hankering for a Twix bar, watched as the candy got stuck at the end of the spiral, similar to the iconic Seinfeld episode. State unemployment records indicate that, after a second dollar and spin of the spiral did not dislodge the chocolate bar with the cookie crunch, the man returned with a forklift. The records allege that the man raised the vending machine two feet off the ground and let it fall, trying to free his Twix, a total of six times, netting him three candy bars in total. In his defense, the man said he only used the forklift to maneuver the vending machine back into its spot after he moved it under his own power.
Given the weight of those machines, the man must have worked up quite a rage!
Though I understand the man’s frustration, I must side with the employer and the state agency that chose to deny unemployment benefits. He should have cooled off and spoken to a supervisor about the two dollars eaten by the infernal machine. Likely, the person who possessed the keys to the device would have opened it up and retrieved the Twix. Sure, it would have taken a while, but did the gentleman really need his Twix right then?
As a high school teacher who oversees lots of “employer property,” namely the textbooks and desks, I frequently grow weary of teenagers who treat any property that is not theirs with rampant disrespect. Textbooks are casually tossed, hurled, twisted, bent, and written in. Desks are written on, slammed into each other, and moved all over the place. Things written on the white board get smeared. Students carom off of my bookshelves, posters, and spill stuff on my carpets.
I understand they are often bored and frustrated, but they need to understand that just because they use the stuff it does not make it their stuff.
Yes, the vending machine ate your dollar, but it is not your machine to go ape on. An eaten dollar, or even two, does not justify potentially damaging a machine worth thousands of dollars. Ordinarily I would just chuckle at this news story but, because I so often see people damage property that is not theirs, I feel compelled to speak up. Don’t batter the Coke machine.