There are some pretty weird vending machines out there. Well, maybe they aren’t weird to those who buy food from them, but to those of us who use our quarters to purchase snacks and drinks, the ones that dispense live crabs are quite shocking. Here are some of the wildest vending machines in the world—and yes, they are very real.
Fresh seafood has reached ultimate convenience in China. Live crabs can be purchased from vending machines from August to October for about $3. It is more like a refrigerator, with a cool internal temperature that keeps the crabs in a hibernation state. Dinner is served.
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Just like a slurpee, you can fill up your cup at 7-Eleven with some mashed potatoes and gravy—probably the same consistency. These machines are popular in Singapore, but not yet seen in the U.S… yet.
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Forget soda and junk food. In the Netherlands, shoppers can buy locally sourced produce and vegetables with their euros. From farm to vending machine.
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Even the rich and famous use vending machines, but not for potato chips. In Beverly Hills, shoppers can purchase a variety of fine caviar straight from a machine for anywhere from $30 to $500. So much for using pocket change.
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In the UK, customers can grab a slice on the go without even having to talk to someone to order. The world’s first pizza vending machine actually forms and bakes your order fresh so you can watch it cook right before your eyes. Bon appetite!
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The world’s first burrito from a box dispenses hot wraps to hungry customers in LA. Choose from all your favorites—chicken, beef, bacon, potato, bean and cheese, etc. It’s faster than fast food.
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