Alcohol Vending Machines
On May 4, Vice Chair Roland Gutierrez laid out a bill before the Texas state legislature that could make it legal for certain establishments to offer on-site alcoholic beverages through a vending machine.
The idea is that it would cut down on wait times for drinks at restaurants and bars, and make it easy to monitor how many drinks someone has had. Customers will wear wrist bands linked to their credit cards after their age has been verified, and can be dispensed up to 30 ounces of beer, 10 ounces of wine, or three ounces of liquor. In theory, this prevents human error that comes with over-serving, bad pours, or staff mistakes. Popular arguments against the vending machines include the fact that the bands could probably be slipped on and off with ease, making it easy for minors to be served, and also that eliminating drink service will severely cut into the tips and livelihood of waiters and bartenders.
Man Banned from Vending Machines
On April 29, a man in the UK was been banned for the next five years from using all coin-operated machines, including vending machines, parking meters, and pinball machines. 38-year old Russell Stansfield has a long history of theft and specifically of stealing from coin-operated machines, and a judge thought this CBO—Criminal Behavioral Order—was the best course of action. The ban enacted by the UK court system requiring that he not touch any coin-operated machinery in the country—with the exception of subway ticket machines—country is the first of its kind.
Marijuana Vending Machines
Though banned in the United States, these marijuana vending machines will soon be hitting the streets of Vancouver Canada. Though the phrase “vending machine” how these machines are being described, the technology inside of them actually works more like an ATM, where “members” have ID cards they insert for operation, not coins. They’re called ADMs, which stands for Automated Dispensary Machine, and are said to resembles the Best Buy kiosks you see in airports. The company that’s making these vending machines, BioCanna, chose Vancouver because they already have a mature commercial marijuana market, with about 80 operational dispensaries.
At Tassi, we don’t anticipate selling alcohol or marijuana from our vending machines anytime soon, and no one is banned from partaking—call us today to talk about your own vending machine possibilities!