I can vividly recall an experience from my childhood where my older brothers convinced me to take a “free” gum-ball from the machine at our local K-Mart. I can also recall having my arm stuck in the machine for what seemed like hours as the fire department came in to free a five-year old from his first ever criminal activity. It took some popcorn oil and some ingenuity on the part of the firemen, but eventually I was set free.
These days, vending machines far surpass the gum-ball machines of our youth. In fact, one could say vending machines have had more technological advances than the telephone. Case in point this news story from CBS News.
The popular cupcake chain Sprinkles has unveiled the Cupcake ATM in New York City. Now not only can you get your cupcake fix faster (in theory) but you can do so 24 hours a day.
The feature also touched briefly about the Burrito Box, which as you might have figured out delivers Burritos in a flash. A story I first came across on Vice.com, where Alison Stevenson really helps us understand how great this new wave of vending machines can be:
Like a long-lost cousin, it was not as exciting as I thought it would be. It looks just like a Redbox, but orange, with a video screen flashing enticing photos of burritos. There are five options you can choose from: Roasted Potato, Egg & Cheese, Chorizo Sausage Egg & Cheese, Free Range (LOL!) Chicken, Bean & Rice, and Shredded Beef & Cheese. Each one was a reasonable $3 a pop. Convenience and affordability. Points to you, Burrito Box.
I’d tell you to avoid Burrito Box, but chances are these monstrosities won’t make it out of Los Angeles. Taco Bell, Chipotle, Del Taco and the others need not worry. Their place in our culture is safe, as is your colon if you don’t eat from Burrito Box.
I think it’s safe to say that the Medical Marijuana vending machine will fare a bit better.