Why Are So Many People Attacking Vending Machines These Days?

Snackers get violent

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Crime sprees of any kind can be hard to explain, but a recent cluster of attacks is bound to leave even the savviest criminologists puzzled: More Americans seem to be attacking vending machines—specifically, the ones that sell snack brands.

On Aug. 1, a man driving without pants in a white pickup truck attacked a Coca-Cola machine at a Goodyear Tire Center in New Orleans, the crime caught on a security camera. In late June, Benton, Mo., police arrested a 44-year-old male who was seen attacking a snack machine with a large knife.



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