I was trawling the net looking for some old newsgroup posts and what did I come up with but one that was posted about 3 years ago, regarding the then-new vending machine that had just been installed in the GP South building of the University of Queensland.
Needless to say, the "strapping yound lad" was me, but, in my defence, I did see the security cameras and decided that I was angry enough not to care
From: "Jon Kloske" email@example.com
Subject: Re: The New Vending Machine (an evaluation)
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 08:23:59 +1000
Organization: University of Queensland
I have witnessed the following resolution to the vending machine daylight
robbery of monies from intending 'customers'.
On thursday last week, I witnessed a strapping young lad arrive at the said
vending machine and place the set amount of money in the money accepting
Needless to say, the readers of this post will be aware of the lack of
anything in return for his (presumably) hard earned cash.
It also goes without saying that said strapping young lad was not impressed.
A few swear words later, I saw a cursory glance around that failed to notice
2 security cameras and about 15 witnesses, one of whom was on the phone.
Approximately 5 microseconds later, the aformentioned unwitting purchaser
bashed the machine about 30 times in quick succession, shoved it twice and
then tilted it at an angle of approximately 45 degrees (as stated, he was
strapping), and proceeded to shake the hell out of it.
This seemed to knock some sense into the foul contraption, for it released
the particular bounty of goods that, I beleive, the lad was after.
At this point the lad and the machine parted company, and one, and only one,
had a faint smile on his face.
This concludes my report.