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Vending machines
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Soda pop and snack vending machines
A vending machine is a machine that dispenses merchandise when a customer deposits money sufficient to purchase the desired item (as opposed to a shop, where the presence of personnel is required for every purchase). It is believed to have been first invented by Hero of Alexandria, a 1st century inventor. His machine accepted a coin and then dispensed a fixed amount of "holy water".


Newspaper vending machine
In the United States, vending machines generally serve the purpose of selling snacks and soda pop, but are also common in busy locations to sell newspapers.

Items sold via vending machine may vary by country. For example, some countries sell alcoholic beverages such as beer through vending machines, while other countries do not allow this (usually because of dram shop laws). Cigarettes were commonly sold in the U.S. through these machines, but this practice is increasingly rare due to concerns about underage buyers. Sometimes a pass has to be inserted in the machine to prove one's age.

With regard to newspaper vending machines, a customer could open the box and make off with all of the newspapers after paying for one (or in the alternative, leave all of the newspapers outside of the box). The success of such machines is predicated on the assumption that the customer will be honest, which is helped by the fact that having more is often not useful.


Cigarette vending machines in Tokyo, with promotion girlIn Japan, with a high population density and low rates of vandalism and petty crime, there seems to be no limits to what is sold by vending machines. One can imagine anything, and it is likely that there is a vending machine available to provide it; even bottles of wine and pairs of underwear can be purchased from vending machines.

In the U.S., most vending machines are operated by individuals who buy or rent the machines, stock the merchandise, and keep some of the profits. Other machines, such as U.S. Postal Service machines are maintained by governmental or quasi-governmental entities.

Most modern vending machines have been extensively tested and designed to inhibit theft. Many of these machines are designed essentially as large safes. Every year, a few people are killed when machines topple over on them, either while trying to steal from them, or venting frustration on them, especially when a malfunction causes the machine to fail to dispense the purchased item or the proper change (leading to the humorous saying, "change is inevitable, except from a vending machine").


Candy machine
The actual causes to vending machine malfunction are usually many-fold. However, certain vending machines use a spiral kind of mechanism to separate and to hold the products. When the machine vends, the spiral turns, thus pushing the product forward and falling down to be vended. If the products and the spiral are misaligned, the spiral may turn but not fully release the product, leaving the spiral snagged on the product and having it hang there. This may cause repercussions to the alignment of the products behind it if someone knocks the hanging product down, as the spiral must move a fixed distance.


Beer & Wine vending machines — TokyoContents [showhide]
1 Ticket machine

2 Evolution

2.1 19th century
2.2 beginning of 20th century
2.3 1930-x
2.4 1940-x
2.5 1950-x
2.6 1960-x
2.7 1970-x


3 Manufacturers

4 External Links

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Ticket machine
Tickets are often sold through a ticket machine, e.g. train tickets at railway stations and tram tickets at some tram stops and in some trams. Some places have begun using ticket machines as replacements for parking meters.


Ticket machine for Brisbane TranslinkTo encourage usage of ticket machines and reduce the need for human salespersons, machine prices may in some cases be lower than a purchase at a ticket counter.

In many countries where trains and tram tickets operate largely on the honor system (with enforcement by roving inspectors or conductors), there are also machines in stations just for validating tickets. This is for the situation where one buys a ticket valid for one day as yet undetermined, and then decides to use it on a particular day. For that purpose, one has the day stamped by the machine on the ticket. A common problem is forgetting to validate and then being fined as if one had no ticket at all.

Such machines are not used in the United States. All American mass transit networks operating on the honor system expect their users to buy tickets immediately before use; regular riders can avoid that inconvenience by buying monthly passes in advance (often from the same machines that sell daily or one-time tickets).

There are also machines that issue free tickets, e.g. those for virtual queueing.

Source: Vending machine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Can't get published and don't know why? Betty Webb offers creative support, manuscript critiques for fiction and non-fiction authors and writing instruction. Betty is the former book reviewer for the Scottsdale Tribune and the author of the Lena Jones mystery series.
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Survey Finds Writing is Key to Workplace Success
Survey Finds Writing is Key to Workplace Success

Are you looking for the right skills to get ahead in your career? A recent survey of America's top businesses reveals that being able to write well is essential for success, especially in industries that will have the greatest growth in the future. The report from the National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges shows that poorly written job applications can be the kiss of death.

Survey Finds Writing is Key to Workplace Success

(MF) - Are you looking for the right skills to get ahead in your career? A recent survey of America's top businesses reveals that being able to write well is essential for success, especially in industries that will have the greatest growth in the future. The report from the National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges shows that poorly written job applications can be the kiss of death.


The survey also found that computer technology plays an important role in writing and the workplace.


"With the fast pace of today's electronic communications, one might think that the value of fundamental writing skills has diminished in the workplace," said Joseph M. Tucci, president and CEO of EMC Corporation. "Actually, the need to write clearly and quickly has never been more important than in today's highly competitive, technology-driven global economy."


The National Commission on Writing asked members of the Business Roundtable, a group of business leaders from more than 150 top American corporations, how important writing really is in the workplace. Half of the companies reported that they take writing into consideration when hiring. That figure jumped to 80 percent among the companies in the services and finance, insurance, and real estate sectors, or FIRE - the corporations with greatest employment growth potential.


"Applicants who provide poorly written letters wouldn't likely get an interview," one insurance executive explained.


Corporations spend more than $3 billion annually trying to improve employees' poor writing skills. Being able to write well may also help workers make the leap from hourly pay to professional, salaried positions. Two-thirds of salaried employees in large American companies have some writing responsibility, compared to smaller percentages among hourly employees.


"People unable to express themselves clearly in writing limit their opportunities for professional, salaried employment," said Bob Kerrey, president of New School University in New York and chair of the commission.


The commission, a group of education and business leaders from across the country, is pushing for a stronger focus on the teaching of writing at all grade levels from kindergarten through college. This advice also applies to those who are already out of school.


"You're never too old to learn," Kerrey advises. "It's a skill that is acquirable."



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Sunday, April 03, 2005
 
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My Happiness

Waking with smile, drifting off with a smile inside and out and every minute in between.

Falling asleep in the arms of the man who holds my fragile heart as if in a fairytale dream.

Losing myself in the serenity of his sexy eyes and mesmerizing smile with each glance.

Wanting, needing to feel the intense passion of his soft lips kissing me, every given chance.

The overwhelming rush of emotion pulsating through my body as the simple thought of him crosses my mind.

Knowing the love I've found for him is real, for it's something I thought never again I would find.

The wonderful feeling of being treated like a lady, like the woman I am, like never before.

The truth, honesty and trust he rewards me. He is my perfect man whom I will forever adore.


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