Anyone who has attempted to buy products from a vending machine has probably had the experience of having their money stolen. In the most egregious form of this problem, the vending machine takes the entire value of an item after a user selects it, but dispenses nothing. The classic method of achieving this is to place items on a corkscrew, which rotates less than the distance needed for the item to fall off of the end of the corkscrew. Partial losses of cash placed into the vending machine are also commonplace. The nefarious machine may eat a coin without acknowledging it by a corresponding increase in credit. Another scenario: one finds out that the desired product is not available and presses the change return button, whereupon the machine returns only part of the credit.
After years of being defrauded by vending machines, it's time to fight back. What life hacks may be used, when purchasing from vending machines, to avoid the loss of a quantity of money which does not result in a dispensed product?
- Kicking vending machine
- Swearing at vending machine
I am not aware of any.
Note: It is possible that the best "solution" involves doing nothing, or not buying things from vending machines. However, such a course of action, regardless of how wise it may be, does not constitute a life hack; therefore, it is not a helpful answer.