Vending the rules: World’s weirdest vending machines dispensing everything from gold bullion to live crab
The rest of the world appears to be leading the way with the pinnacle of vending luxury – Britain take note
They are usually the source of a quick snack or a drink on the go – but vending machines around the world seem to be serving a far bigger purpose.
The mechanical vendors sell everything from cupcakes to caviar and even, if you find yourself in the right place and with enough spare change, gold bullion.
So here’s a list of dynamic dispensers you really must see to believe…
The “Gold to Go” vending machine at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi dispenses the precious metal to order.
2. Live crabs
Crawling crustaceans are on sale from this vending machine in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. A cruel twist on the conventional KitKats on offer in the UK.
A woman takes her order of cupcakes after using a “Cupcake ATM” created by Sprinkles bakery on March 25, 2014 in New York City
Only those with the finest culinary tastes – and the fattest wallets – are likely to be seen in front of this Beverly Hills vending machine dishing up posh portions of caviar.
This tie vending machine in Tokyo, Japan, ensures no-one in the city has an excuse for an untidy appearance at work.
No-one will be caught out by the weather in China with the ULA umbrella vending machine at their disposal.
The Lego vending machine is building up a strong fan base in Munich, Germany.
A hostess takes a pizza out of a Pizzomatic vending machine, baking and selling pizzas in Cologne, France.
9. Mashed potato
This Maggi mashed potato vending machine in Singapore serves up its own mash in a paper cup topped with chicken and gravy.
10. Guitar Strings
This vendor keeps the live music scene alive and kicking in Memphis by providing 24-hour access to new guitar strings and accessories
Straight from the oven – or vending machine – these baguettes are served up fresh and instantly in Paris.