995: Coinstar

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Plus they take like 9%.
Title text: Plus they take like 9%.


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This comic combines the holiday tradition of giving out and consuming chocolate coins, which are chocolate formed in the shape of coins with foil wrappers and the Coinstar vending machines that you see frequently in Grocery stores and shopping malls around the US. The Coinstar machines take all your coins, sort and count them and then give you the amount of money in cash (less 9 or 10% as it says in the title text - but if you get the Amazon gift card, you can keep the whole proceeds.)

The joke is that the chocolate coin damages the machine.


[A mischievous, curious person empties a small bag into a whrrring machine.]
[Machine makes progressively less happy *kachunk*, *tshhhh*, *clickclickclick* and *grind* noises.]
[Machine pops, then beeps in a tone of utter defeat.]
Holiday tip: Coinstar does not handle chocolate coins well.

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To me as electrical engineer it's a lesson that no technology is perfect, but we are working on it. Chocolate coin proof coin-star machines are just around the corner. - e-inspired 15:36, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

That's a special contribution from an expert with no sense of direction. I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 06:59, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

Candies do have monetary value. You buy them. 09:25, 22 May 2014 (UTC)

Could enough coins be exchaged for a bunny? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Yes, if you melted them and poured the melted chocolate into a mold...

Has anyone actually tested whether chocolate coins will break Coinstar machines? I'll try it when I'm an adult. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I had the feeling that the machine opened and ate the chocolate coin ... (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

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