Thieves target modern technology
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.
The Southland Times