I very rarely buy anything out of vending snack machines but I pretty much always take a look at what’s in them, sort of window shopping. I like to see what’s available, if there’s anything new, what things cost, all the while imagining what I’d get if I did get something. There’s a particular machine I pass by regularly inside a community building. I buy something out of this machine maybe once or twice a year and then it’s the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies. One day last week I was just routinely walking by and what’s this? There’s something on the top of the machine!
I was pretty sure it was a snack and kind of expected it to be open and abandoned because who leaves an unopened snack on the top of a machine?? On closer inspection, it’s definitely a snack.
I had to pull it down. Not only was it a snack but it was unopened! It was one I don’t remember seeing in this machine before but the brand is not a name I’m going to forget anytime soon. Oh no, Mrs. Freshley’s, you have left your mark.
I tried to envision scenarios in which the danish had arrived on the top of the machine, unopened. Had someone ordered something else and the Mrs. Freshley’s danish had dropped down instead so, not wanting it, the potential snacker left it for somebody else to get? Had perhaps TWO treats dropped out of their slots rather than one, so again, the person decided to share the wealth? I really couldn’t picture a situation where the person had paid for their Mrs. Freshley’s danish and FORGOTTEN TO TAKE IT WITH THEM. That just sounds too implausible. You come to the machine for a treat, you’re not willfully leaving without one after your dollar gets swallowed.
I was torn. I love sweets buy rarely indulge. On the other hand, this was free. I flipped the snack over and looked at the ingredients. If I’m looking for a reason not to buy/eat/take a food, this will usually do the trick. It did now. The list was not promising. Plus I was still smarting from the Mrs. Freshley’s bait-and-switch of 2014. I’m not one to forget such an egregious honey bun scam quickly, oh no
I put the wrapped danish back on top of the machine. Our score, for the moment was tied. Mrs. Freshley’s = one, Colette = one. Until we meet again, Mrs. Freshley, until we meet again.