The Coolest Thing That Didn’t Work

Ok, this is barely even counts as a post.  It’s totally random.  (So random, in fact, that I had to create a new category called “Random” because: A) This does not fit into any of my other categories and B) I predict more future randomness.)  It’s also more of a tease than anything.

Today, while having lunch at the Whole Foods near my house, I noticed this:



At first I thought it was a cigarette machine, but that seemed highly unusual, since the last working cigarette machine I saw was in Germany, and I was currently surrounded by organic foods, signs telling me to live a healthy lifestyle, and so many different waste receptacles that I almost got a little confused throwing away my compost-able lunch container.

It was not a cigarette machine, it was an ART MACHINE. !!!  Check this out:




Pretty cool, huh?  I couldn’t quite understand what was in there, but I knew I wanted it.  I had no cash, so I bought a few things from the store, paid with my debit card, got some five dollar bills and went to work choosing my selection.  It turns out it wasn’t that difficult.  (Monsters!  Duh.)



Here’s where the story gets disappointing.  Whatever was in my cigarette-pack-shaped monster box got stuck in the machine.  Ever an optimist, I put in another five dollars, hoping to unstick it and get a second one, but no.  At that point nothing would work.  I had, apparently, broken the art machine.  😦

The guys at Whole Foods were super nice and gave me my ten dollars back, but the man who “knows the machine” was not there, so they put a sad little “Out of Order” sign on it and I went about my day.  But I will be back!  I love this idea (despite the fact that it didn’t work for me today) and I can’t wait to find out what treasures await inside.

Has anyone else seen these anywhere?  Has anyone successfully bought something from one?  If so, please share!

Published by Carie Juettner

Carie Juettner is a former middle school teacher and the author of The Ghostly Tales of New England, The Ghostly Tales of Austin, The Ghostly Tales of Burlington, and The Ghostly Tales of Dallas in the Spooky America series by Arcadia Publishing. Her poems and short stories have appeared in publications such as The Twin Bill, Nature Futures, and Daily Science Fiction. Carie lives in Richardson, Texas, with her husband and pets. She was born on Halloween, and her favorite color is purple.

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