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Man Loses Job Over Twix Stuck in Vending Machine
Newser ^ | 02/20/2014 | Kate Seamons, Newser Staff

Posted on 02/20/2014 10:23:52 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

Robert McKevitt's dollar failed him, so he used a little force

(Newser) – It's a story straight out of an episode of Seinfeld, just with an ending both more—and then less—satisfying. Last fall, a man from Spirit Lake, Iowa, decided he wanted to snack on a Twix while working his warehouse job at Polaris Industries. So Robert McKevitt inserted a dollar in the vending machine, punched in the code for the candy, and watched it get stuck midair on the spiral hook. He inserted another dollar in his quest to free it; no luck. He banged and shook the machine; ditto. And so, according to state unemployment records, he took a more extreme action: He drove an 8,000-pound forklift over, raised the machine two feet, then allegedly let it fall on the concrete floor—six times, reports the AP.

What he gained: three candy bars. What McKevitt lost: his job, five days later. And that's not all. In a Dec. 16 hearing whose outcome only last month became public, McKevitt's claim for unemployment benefits was turned down, over what the judge called a purposeful disregard for his employer's interests. But he insists to the Des Moines Register that the dropping part is false; he says he shook the machine so hard it moved away from the wall, and just needed the forklift to return it to its place. Adding insult to injury, McKevitt says he's heard "they have all new vending machines" at the warehouse.



TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food; Humor
KEYWORDS: forklift; twix
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I like this guy. I do.

And I think its too bad he didn't get his unemployment.

1 posted on 02/20/2014 10:23:53 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

And I’m glad that someone more responsible will take his place.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 10:25:22 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Responsibility2nd

3 posted on 02/20/2014 10:25:55 AM PST by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sure it wasn’t a Million dollar bar?
One of the funniest Seinfelds ever.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 10:26:32 AM PST by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 coming soon)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Violence against vending bots is warranted in ALL cases.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 10:26:43 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Responsibility2nd

If he put in two bucks and the Twix still didn’t fall then there’s no way it was only one turn away from falling in the first place. It had to be a few turns away from the git-go. I feel his response was appropriate, though.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 10:27:09 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Responsibility2nd

” then allegedly let it fall on the concrete floor—six times..”

It was an accident.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 10:28:16 AM PST by FAA
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To: Responsibility2nd


8 posted on 02/20/2014 10:30:33 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The vending machine at my work has a sensor that knows if the candy has dropped, and if it hasn’t, it will continue twirling the spiral until something drops. This can end up giving you more than what you paid for, if one extra twist can dislodge not only the stuck one, but the one behind it.


9 posted on 02/20/2014 10:30:40 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Responsibility2nd
And I think its too bad he didn't get his unemployment.

I'm glad he got fired, and I'm also glad he didn't get unemployment.

10 posted on 02/20/2014 10:31:13 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Violence against vending bots is warranted in ALL cases.

So I'm walking down the hallway, thinking about something else, cartoon bubbles popping before my eyes...almost up to the vending machines when I hear a rumbling noise and one of them starts walking away from the wall toward me...

It was actually a guy behind it trying to get clearance for the door so he could service it. "It was coming right for me!" I sez to the guy, and he laughs and looks real serious and sez, "It's tellin' you you better buy something."

11 posted on 02/20/2014 10:31:34 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Responsibility2nd

Theft by machine. Reminds me of stoplight cameras with no witness to question in court.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 10:31:40 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Responsibility2nd
I can relate to this - this has happened to me several times. The first time, I was able to shake the item loose, but lately my strength has declined and and I can no longer get the item to drop.

I'm reminded of the guy in Dr. Strangelove who emptied his pistol into the Coke machine.

Justifiable use of force, IMHO.


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13 posted on 02/20/2014 10:32:29 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Imagine the stories a vending machine in the lobby of an anger management clinic could tell :)


14 posted on 02/20/2014 10:32:32 AM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I agree. If he was this reckless with a vending machine, how reckless will he be when he gets angry with another human?


15 posted on 02/20/2014 10:33:35 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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16 posted on 02/20/2014 10:34:17 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Cyber Liberty

It’s even more simple: you want this guy loading the merchandise you bought on a truck?


17 posted on 02/20/2014 10:35:31 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Responsibility2nd

Come on! Who HASN’T done something like this in the quest for candy?


18 posted on 02/20/2014 10:35:46 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
I am always beating on our vending machine. I kick it and do other violet things to it until my food drops down. Sometimes just to make up for the aggravation I put a note on it that I lost .50
19 posted on 02/20/2014 10:37:12 AM PST by angcat
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To: bray
One of the funniest Seinfelds ever.

Yes, the running debate over which one contained peanuts was golden.

20 posted on 02/20/2014 10:39:39 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yep. The fact that the employer replaced ALL of the (crappy?) vending machines should vindicate the guy.


21 posted on 02/20/2014 10:40:08 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Cyber Liberty
If he was this reckless with a vending machine, how reckless will he be when he gets angry with another human?

I always get mad when somebody robs me.

22 posted on 02/20/2014 10:40:30 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck

Do you kill them for it?


23 posted on 02/20/2014 10:41:07 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Man Loses Job Over Twix Stuck in Vending Machine “

wrong. It’s about what he did with the 8,000-pound forklift.


24 posted on 02/20/2014 10:41:34 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I worked with some guys who did the same thing but only dropped the machine not even an inch. The candy bar came loose but the unintended side effect was the price of everything reset to a nickle!

Word got out and the line in front of the machine was 30 people long.

They did it a few times with identical results each time.

25 posted on 02/20/2014 10:43:25 AM PST by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: 1rudeboy; Cyber Liberty
Let me guess. You two want to see this guy charged with and convicted of willful damage of a vending machine.

This pic posted twice. For both of you.


26 posted on 02/20/2014 10:43:46 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I bet he’ll get ‘disability’.


27 posted on 02/20/2014 10:44:06 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Do you kill them for it?

Nah. Just rough them up a bit.

28 posted on 02/20/2014 10:44:53 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: NonValueAdded
Imagine the stories a vending machine in the lobby of an anger management clinic could tell :)

Or Fax Machines from back in the day.....


29 posted on 02/20/2014 10:46:36 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Cyber Liberty

Do you kill them for it?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Yes, I bet he did. Just like McKevitt killed that vending machine.

Dude. Your spring is wound up way too tight. I know you can’t see the humor in this thread, but if you don’t loosen up, you are gonna get pwnd here.


30 posted on 02/20/2014 10:46:59 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: FAA

He hit the shuffle button on the forklift by accident. Then wondered why it repeatedly went up and down. /sarc


31 posted on 02/20/2014 10:55:35 AM PST by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I thought they called it “Junk” in todays lingo.
:-)


32 posted on 02/20/2014 10:56:16 AM PST by Zathras
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To: NonValueAdded

“Imagine the stories a vending machine in the lobby of an anger management clinic could tell”

You reminded me of these lines from a Donovan song:

The violent hash smoker shook a chocolate machine
He was involved in an eating scene


33 posted on 02/20/2014 11:00:23 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

Is that the one with the swirling chocolate in the commercial?


34 posted on 02/20/2014 11:01:08 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: 1rudeboy
It’s even more simple: you want this guy loading the merchandise you bought on a truck?

I dunno - it sounds like he had pretty good skills with the forklift.

35 posted on 02/20/2014 11:02:01 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I coach a high school robotics team. You ain’t seen nothing till you’ve seen a group of future engineers with access to a machine shop trying to rescue an undropped candy bar from a machine. My son was right in the thick of it. They were successful


36 posted on 02/20/2014 11:02:01 AM PST by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I coach a high school robotics team. You ain’t seen nothing till you’ve seen a group of future engineers with access to a machine shop trying to rescue an undropped candy bar from a machine. My son was right in the thick of it. They were successful


37 posted on 02/20/2014 11:02:01 AM PST by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: dfwgator
That is exactly what I want to do to the Queens UPS depot. They (for the millionth time) failed to deliver a package to me yesterday that was guaranteed overnight. Even after I was assured on the phone by a UPS professional liar that I would get the package that night, it never came. So I have to wait around another day, the first nice weather day we've had in L-rd knows how long, for these imbeciles to get the package to me.

I'd do this to the UPS truck, painted such a appropriate color to match the quality of their service, right in front of the driver, letting him know he was next.

38 posted on 02/20/2014 11:03:49 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: onedoug

ping


39 posted on 02/20/2014 11:04:20 AM PST by windcliff
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To: fwdude
Come on! Who HASN’T done something like this in the quest for candy?

Not a vending machine. But I know "a guy" that frequently had to use one of those old air dispensers that they used to have at gas stations (many years ago when he was much younger). "The guy" had a slow leak in a tire and often had to fill a compressed air tank. When he complained to the service station manager, he was told, unless it's knocked over, the owner won't get it fixed. A few days later, it seems that an automobile (maybe a pickup truck) backed over it as it was on it's side behind the curb. 7 days later, it was fixed and worked perfectly. It also had steel bollards around it to prevent future accidents. I can't say for sure if "the guy" had anything to do with the accident, but based on a follow up with the manager, several customers were happy it was repaired.

I'm sure "that guy" is much more diplomatic these days IF he was involved in the mysterious and obviously accidental damage to the equipment.

40 posted on 02/20/2014 11:04:44 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Charles Martel

Can’t have a thread about forklifts without a link to this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oB6DN5dYWo


41 posted on 02/20/2014 11:06:03 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: angcat

Many years ago, I worked as a construction worker. We had to move vending machines away from the front of a store while we did some renovations at the front entrance. The machines were in the parking lot UNPLUGGED. After about 3 hours we had to put “Out of Order” signs on the machines. The “locals” were getting pissed that the machines wouldn’t work. It kept stealing their money and the machines were taking a beating.

It was not considered the safest neighborhood for us to be working in. You might be able to guess what kind of a business we were renovating.


42 posted on 02/20/2014 11:08:11 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

If I did it where I work, I’d be fired for cause. Laugh it up all you want, but it’s a firing offense for anybody who takes his job seriously. In these times of high unemployment, anybody who doesn’t take their employment seriously if a fool.

If this guy really picked up a vending machine with a fork lift and dropped it repeatedly over a Twix bar, he has mental issues.


43 posted on 02/20/2014 11:10:45 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Responsibility2nd
Let me guess. You two want to see this guy charged with and convicted of willful damage of a vending machine.

No, being fired for cause is sufficient. Not enough damage to charge the guy with a crime. If he had driven the fork-lift through a wall to get at the machine, then yes, charge him with a crime.

44 posted on 02/20/2014 11:12:28 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: cyclotic

My 6 year old got his arm stuck in a candy vending machine at one of my daughters basketball game when the machine failed to deliver his candy.

That was embarrassing. He was successful in getting his kit-kat. He just couldn’t get his arm back out. We did free him after someone found my wife and I to come help him.


45 posted on 02/20/2014 11:13:01 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Let me guess. You two want to see this guy charged with and convicted of willful damage of a vending machine.

Let me guess. You're an entitled little brat.

46 posted on 02/20/2014 11:22:11 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Responsibility2nd

It was entirely the fault of Left Twix.

I tell ya, Left Twix is pure evil.


47 posted on 02/20/2014 11:31:38 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Responsibility2nd

TWIX!!!!!!!!!!


48 posted on 02/20/2014 11:31:38 AM PST by erod
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To: JoeProBono

Life imitating art.


49 posted on 02/20/2014 11:38:20 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Responsibility2nd

Not sure if it’s an urban legend but I read about a vending killing somebody who was rocking it and it fell on him, or her.


50 posted on 02/20/2014 11:43:52 AM PST by AU72
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