All I wanted was a cool refreshing bottle of Coca Cola to accompany my PB&J.
I walked up to the machine, grumbling at the fact that the price had recently been bumped up from $1.00/bottle to $1.25
I dug deep into my pocket and withdrew a handful of nickels and dimes. Since I wanted to get rid of the most weight possible I started feeding the machine my nickels.
I then started putting in dimes. The machine wouldn’t take them. They went straight through and fell in the coin return slot.
Fine. Gimme back my nickels then.
I pressed “Coin Return” with absolutely no effect.
Ok. So it doesn’t like dimes, but I didn’t want to lose my credit. Where can I get some quarters?
I spied the snack machine to the right of the Coke machine: after risking a single dime to test its own coin return, I deposited five dimes, hit the coin return button, and was rewarded with two quarters. Bingo!
I inserted my two quarters in the Coke machine.
Ok. No more nickels, so I figured I would just convert five more dimes into quarters, and so I did. I deposited two more quarters.
Now I pressed the button for my beverage of choice.
“Please deposit exact change”
WTF? The “Use Exact Change” light wasn’t even lit.
I leaned on the “Coke” button again, hoping I could convince it to give me the darned thing and keep the change. Instead, it spit out 5 quarters.
Having just been calmly relieved of my extra .20, I brazenly dropped the quarters back into the machine and purchased my beverage.
Got a good laugh out of it, so I feel I did come out ahead in the end.