Thieves target modern technology


Last updated 05:00 15/12/2012
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Thieves wasted no time helping themselves to the money in this self-serve food dispenser in the Arcade outside E Bell and Sons tearooms.

The dispenser of hot and cold food did a good trade on its first day, but the estimated 30/- it made was stolen that night along with the money box.

The owner said without the cash box the machine was inoperable until a new one arrived from Christchurch.

The cash box enabled the machine to weigh coins and give change.

By inserting 1/- and moving the selection lever, customers would buy a pie or a meal complete with vegetables, potatoes and meat.

The machine would be open 24 hours and held 30 complete meals.

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- The Southland Times


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