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9 vending machines with eclectic inventory

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 30, 2012, 8:40 a.m.
banana vending machine

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Bananas (Tokyo and the U.S.)

Don’t feel like indulging in a live crab after a trying subway commute? We don’t either. In June 2010, Japanese commuters were blessed with a popular, potassium-centric vending machine installed at Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya station that dispenses a decidedly more appealing snack item: Dole bananas for 130 yen ($1.50) apiece. Vending machines that stock fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy options have also started to appear stateside although early models went over “like a turd in a punch bowl,” Spencer Cox of Vending Services, Inc. delicately told the Wall Street Journal.