On their way to class, a group of students at Rutgers University noticed something unusual about a vending machine. Little did they know, it would change the trajectory of their entire day (video below).
When the students saw that there were a few bags of chips stuck in the machine, what started off as an ordinary morning quickly turned into a masterclass on the proper way to gamble on a jammed vending machine.
At the start of the video, the students buy one bag of chips above the jam to try and free the bag buildup, but they end up contributing to the pile. Soon, they realize that the machine registers the transaction as not vending and lets them make another selection any time that a food package does not fall to the bottom. So they build up the pile until there are nine bags of chips stuck. Eventually, our heroes end up shaking the machine until all the bags come free, and they score a massive haul using only a few dollars.
We are ecstatic that the valiant vending machine warriors ended up getting a ton of snacks, and we learned one approach to scoring big when you see a bunch of food stuck in the machine.
If you are in a similar situation and you don't feel comfortable carefully shaking or thumping the machine, try pushing in the flap where you reach to collect your food and letting it snap shut – this will create a rush of air that can sometimes give your snack the push it needs to topple over.
If you try this a few times and it still isn't working, you might want to call for help or a refund. Most vending machines have a contact number on the side that you can dial to report a stuck item and get a refund or get in touch with someone who can open it up and retrieve your snack for you.