Vending machines are an ever-present part of Japan’s modern landscape. From beetles to beer, and Pepsi to panties, these mechanical merchants are always ready to help out. Some of the newer machines even have the ability to talk, greeting purchasers with a hearty “hello” or a friendly “how are you?”
However an as yet unidentified man in Hokkaido has found a rather unconventional use for these reliable retailers. Hiding behind them. As late on Friday night last week, a 39-year-old farmer was about to buy a beverage when the man appeared from behind the vending machine, hit the farmer in the face with a hard object, and raced off with his wallet containing 20,000 yen (100 pound) in cash.
But for a nice and big ice-cold beer are you willing to take the risk? I know I am.