Chinese Vending Machines Give “Fresh” A Whole New Meaning


If you’ve taken a stroll through Nanjing, China lately, you might notice something peculiarly odd: vending machines. These things, on their own, are not usually odd, but sometimes the things inside of them are. This is one of those situations.

This time, the Chinese are stuffing live crab inside of vending machines, giving “fresh” and “fast food” new meaning. The grab are placed inside individual plastic containers, and they are around 30 cents cheaper than crab sold in markets.

What happens happens if you receive a dead crab? Consider yourself lucky: you’ll receive three live crabs for free. Awesomesauce!

The Chinese man responsible for these contraptions wants to expand to Japan. I can already tell that’s going to be a hit; in Japan, you can buy almost anything inside of a vending machine, as well as fresh used panties (eww).

As interesting of an idea as it is, I don’t expect to see live crab in any vending machines in the States anytime soon, nor would I really want to (I hate seafood).

By James Mowery

James Mowery is a passionate technology journalist and entrepreneur who has written for various top-tier publications like Mashable and CMSWire. Follow him on Twitter: @JMowery.

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