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||Our vending machine doesn't even provide us with tea bags - it's some kind of powdered substance!! The other morning whilst desperate for my first thing cup of tea I went to the machine and pressed the 'Tea' button. It poured my tea out straight into it's drip tray and then spat out an empty cup! Thanks machine! Still it kept me chuckling for most of the day (easily amused and all that).|
Bristol - UK
||Do Not try tea from a vending machine in the US. You may think that the tea from the vending machines in the UK is not quite up to NCOTAASD standards, but it is still far far better than the liquid issued by the machines over here.|
I have had ample opportunity to drink the tea from vending machines whilst working in London for several years. Its not great, but it is much better than over here.
I do enjoy your web site.
|Nicey replies: That sounds like the ultimate nightmare scenario. Perhaps it could be worked into the plot line of an action movie, so that after the tail falls off the 747 most of their limbs have been torn, hacked or shot off, all the air is sucked out and both bombs are about to go off they are forced to drink tea from an American vending machine.|
||Personally, I used to think it was nice to be able to press a few buttons and have a machine make my tea for me, but all that changed a few days ago. I had a rotten morning at college and decided to treat myself to a cup of tea from the machine. However, the liquid spewed out something foam covered - carefully, I took a sip, to discover it was actually cappucino with a teabag lurking in it. Grossly sacrilegious|
||A friend told me of the machine in the canteen at his university, which asked you to enter a number code for each drink. 100 was tea, no milk powder crap, no sugar. 101 was with sugar, etc. You get the idea. The machine also served cold drinks like fizzy orange, and hot soups as well. These also had their number codes. The numbers specified the ingredients, whether it was hot, fizzy or whatever. Normally you could only enter the codes listed on the front.|
The fun started when the machine went wrong, and allowed any number to be entered. The machine would then try it's best to produce Fizzy Soup, Cold Orange Coffee, and the frankly disturbing Chicken Tea with Sugar.
All revolting, including the standard tea & coffee of course.
|Nicey replies: Yes I once had to work in a place that had those. I don't think it was a malfunction that they could make stupid drinks, it was all part of the service. You could also make double strength drinks, which were twice as nasty.|
||The dilemma of course for you discerning tea drinkers who're subjected by your 'orrible employers to the out-bleltchings of these disgusting drinks-vending (even if they're free) machines is that you're actually being cared for in a responsible, compassionate way! The risk of injury to employees who haven't attained GNVQ level 5 in manually manouvering 0.7litres of water over a horizontal distance of 0.28m and +or- 0.31m in a vertical direction contained in a vessel constructed from metal or non thermo-softening polymer at temperatures above that which would under circumstances, occuring more than once every Preston Guild, cause injury to unprotected, naked flesh, is so high that yon employer's insurers insist upon the installation of said machinery for the avoidance of such hazards in the preparation of occasional refreshments for workers who would otherwise fade away. So don't moan about it you lily-livered whinge mongerers; be grateful that you work for a responsible, caring company who are trying their best to avoid having the arse sued off them.|
Why not 'aveanicecanoffizzydrink
|Nicey replies: I think most people would rather sign a waiver saying they are prepared to use a kettle and their own sensible mug rather than cope with floppy cups of not quite scalding 'drink' (term used loosely).|