Thirsty Florida Man Attacked Coke Machine In Hotel: Cops

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A Florida hotel guest is charged with causing $1,500 in damage to a Coke vending machine after it gave him the wrong drink, deputies say.

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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.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.

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