Thirsty Florida Man Attacked Coke Machine In Hotel: Cops
A soda-starved man ended up in a Florida jail after his run-in with a vending machine caused $1,500 in damage, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
It happened at a hotel in Dundee, about 60 miles east of Tampa, when a 33-year-old guest was “thirsty for a nice refreshing drink”, according to a press release.
“He went to the Coca-Cola vending machine to buy a refreshment, but the machine dispensed the wrong type,” the sheriff’s office reported.
“He attempted to get his money back from the machine, but the machine refused,” the sheriff’s office said. “This infuriated (the suspect), so he repeatedly punched the machine, eventually punching a hole in it. Despite (the) violence, the machine failed to repay. (He) stormed off.
Soda vending machines cost between $3,000 and $5,000, according to Vending Group.
A witness to the destruction helped deputies track down the Polk County man the next day, and he “confirmed he caused the damage and admitted he had anger issues,” the office said. sheriff.
He was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, officials said.
The department’s May 15 Facebook post about the incident drew nearly 1,000 reactions and comments as of May 18, including from some people who said they had also been ripped off by vending machines.
“I had times with vending machines. They ate my money, gave me the wrong product or nothing,” one man wrote. “Attacking one doesn’t accomplish anything positive. They won’t give the money.
This story was originally published May 18, 2022 4:32 a.m.