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Teenagers break vending machine by inserting beer bottle tops to pay for coffee

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Thai Residents

A group of teenagers in the eastern province of Chon Buri has been caught on CCTV inserting flattened bottle tops into a coffee vending machine, causing it to break. In the footage, 4 teenagers, male and female, can be seen arriving on a motorbike and parking in front of a convenience store in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

They are then seen flattening beer bottle tops and sticking them in a vending machine outside the store. Miraculously, their efforts pay off and the machine dispenses a cup of coffee. The 4 can be seen sharing the hot drink and then driving off. It’s understood the cost of a cup of coffee from the machine is 10 baht.

Teenagers break vending machine by inserting beer bottle tops to pay for coffee | News by Thaiger

The 61 year old store owner first realised there was a problem when a customer told her the vending machine wasn’t working. Shopkeeper Somjit Ketkaew tried to insert a coin and was unable to do so, asking her son to check the CCTV footage. She says she doesn’t recognise any of the teenagers and believes they are not from the area.

The machine was opened up to reveal several objects inside, including flattened bottle tops and round metal objects, including 1 baht coins, although the machine only accepts 10 baht coins.

The former village head, 64 year old Charoen Ketkaew, says the machine was installed using 60,000 baht of village funds. The intention was to give villagers access to decent coffee at a cheap price. As the machine is now out of warranty, he says they have been quoted 8,000 baht to repair it.

SOURCE: Thai Residents


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    Perceville Smithers

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Haven’t heard of something like this being done since trying to get free arcade games in the 80s.

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    P V Krishna Murty

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    That is why elders should teach values to their children from childhood and inculcate. The teenagers feel victorious by getting four cups of coffee, ended up evading 40 bhats payment, but I am sure, these young Turks are not aware that the poor owner of the vending machine has to shed 8,000 bhats for repair.

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    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    “The 61 year old store owner first realised there was a problem when a customer told her the vending machine wasn’t working.”

    This is first class journalism.

    Nice one, kids. At least you’re not doing heroin.

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    Tony Grace

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Didn’t we all commit this crime of the century when we were kids.Shhhh don’t tell anybody but a flat washer filed down at the edge you were guaranteed a soda from our school vending machine some times I wonder what happened to the janitor. probably ended up in a mental institution after having to put up with us .

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      James Pate

      Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 3:48 am

      Tossing 10 Baht coins into a European toll booth basket. Shoving Korean 100 Wons into a US laundromat washer. Yes, but that didn’t break the machines.

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    Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 1:35 am

    Go to the kids’ parents and make them pay.

    That will sort things out now and maybe cause the parents to educate their kids on the rights and wrongs.

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    Chief 1

    Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    sounds tops

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