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March 1, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
For confectionery-crazed Angelenos, the newest development in vending culture is the sweetest one yet: a 24-hour cupcake-dispensing machine at Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills-based Holy Grail of cupcakery. And it's pink. The automaton will vend freshly-baked cupcakes, mixes, apparel and other goods, according to its Facebook page . The company has yet to announce a launch date. Customers visiting the machine's profile on the social networking site seemed enthused, with comments deeming the cupcake ATM “very dangerous” and “ingenious.” One visitor wrote: “Is this a GREAT COUNTRY or what?
November 23, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
So Beverly Hills has its Sprinkles cupcake ATM, really more like an automat, dispensing the luscious little cakes. And sure enough, people really do line up outside, especially at night, to order from a menu of dozens of cupcakes, even Doggie sugar-free cupcakes. In Japan you can buy live lobsters, Uniqlo clothing and sneakers. Miami's Mondrian hotel features a luxury vending machine called the “Semi-Automatic” that dispenses sunglasses, novels, 24K gold handcuffs, Rolex watches and evening gowns.
May 20, 2010 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Shepherd-Barron, a Scotsman credited with inventing the modern world's first automatic cash machine, died Saturday after a short illness. He was 84. Shepherd-Barron died at northern Scotland's Raigmore Hospital, funeral director Alasdair Rhind said Wednesday. Shepherd-Barron once said he came up with the idea of the cash dispensers after being locked out of his bank. He also said his invention was inspired by chocolate vending machines. "It struck me there must be a way I could get my own money, anywhere in the world or the U.K.," he said in an interview with the BBC in 2007.
November 6, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and Kate Linthicum
Two Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday called for the city to legalize street food sales and no longer penalize those who sell fried pupusas, fresh-cut fruit and bacon-wrapped hot dogs on sidewalks. The current city code prohibits selling things on sidewalks, exposing vendors to  hefty fines, confiscated equipment and even incarceration . That needs to change, said C ouncilman Jose Huizar , who represents the Eastside of Los Angeles, and Councilman Curren Price , whose district takes in much of South L.A. "Los Angeles has a world-class street food culture," Huizar said at a news conference at City Hall.
August 16, 1985
Re the snub of TV networks on birth control campaigns: The Dutch have practically no problem with teen-age pregnancy. They also provide condoms through ubiquitous vending machines. We, on the other hand, have more teen-age pregnancy than any other industrialized country, while allowing a vocal, "religious" minority to intimidate an entire media industry. SUSU LEVY Encino
January 3, 1988
Music Center management could help diminish the incidence of coughing during performances by installing vending machines with various brands of cough drops and syrups available. Such medications can help. The machines could be discreetly located so that their presence would not affect the decor. (I've seen machines vending candy bars prominently displayed in the Eisenhower Theater lobby at the Kennedy Center. Looked tacky!) A grotesque variant which unbidden comes to mind is the prospect of vendors roaming the aisles just before curtain time, proclaiming, "Get your menthol cough drops, here!
April 22, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
New Cellular Phone Technology to Be Unveiled: Major cellular phone operators plan to revamp their networks so they can send computer data as easily as voices. Technology being announced today in Santa Clara, Calif., will enable portable computer users to send and receive electronic mail messages more cheaply and easily over cellular systems than is possible now.
February 24, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Blockbuster Inc. said Wednesday that it will close at least 500 stores and is exploring ways to restructure debt. Blockbuster has been working with Rothschild Inc. since February 2009 on financing and strategy, the Dallas-based company said. The company has total debt of $963.9 million, including leases. The company closed 253 stores in January as more consumers turned to Coinstar Inc.'s Redbox movie vending machines and mail-order and online rental services such as Netflix Inc. Blockbuster, which licenses its name for rental kiosks owned by NCR Corp.
October 10, 1993
Yes, futuristic ideas and technologies need to move ahead as far as they can ("The Face of Cyber Chaos," Sept. 12), and maybe I'm out of touch and out of date. But the lack of humanity, the lack of touch, the lack of warmth that seems to be the attitude of these cyberpunks is bone-chilling. The whole movement seems to be anti-social, agoraphobic, lonely and addictive, but hey, that's what they say about every new trend. As the joke goes: "My dad is so old he used to get up to change the channels."
In the spring and early summer of 1984, I watched two teen-agers in the selection process for the U.S. Olympic boxing team who looked to me like future superstars. As it turned out, neither made the Olympic team that year--1984 was too soon for them. But both left the impression that they were champions in early development. One was Mike Tyson, a 17-year-old pounder from Upstate New York who was still learning to box. An unpolished diamond.
May 7, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Proposed legislation to remove junk food and sugar-loaded drinks from vending machines at California state office buildings and on government property is intensifying debate about when the battle against obesity becomes a gateway to "nanny state" tactics. Backers of the Assembly bill, AB 459, said California shouldn't condone the sale of fatty snacks and sodas in the workplace when taxpayers are already shelling out vast amounts to cover the healthcare costs of overweight government employees.
April 7, 2013 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Joey Bebolla spread his wares on the sidewalk of Beach Street in Watts: some plastic aquarium plants, a few used tape players, an ancient BlackBerry. A woman walking by picked up an old toy cash register, which Bebolla had cleaned up after finding it in the trash. "Give me $2," he said. "Fine, give me $1. " The woman passed on the quick discount, and put the item down. "Selling used to be embarrassing, at first," Bebolla said. "But I had to do it to survive, and now I'm used it. " Hawking fruit at freeway offramps or old clothing on driveways and lawns is a Los Angeles tradition.
March 25, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Travelers who hail a cab in New Orleans will be able to do something riders nowhere else in the country will be able to do: Slide into the back seat and buy a cold soda from a vending machine. About 250 taxis will be outfitted with a touchscreen on which customers can swipe their credit or debit card to pay 99 cents for a Coke, Diet Coke or other soft drinks, a statement from the cab company says. The taxi drink dispenser is the brainchild of Simon Garber, an immigrant from Ukraine who owns New Orleans Carriage Cab and Yellow-Checker Cab. It took four years to develop the dispenser connected to a fridge that holds 36 cans, the company said.
December 7, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
The holiday night-life season has splashed over the city like a bottle of freshly uncorked Champagne and the Enabler is feeling bubbly. So when she heard that Beverly Hills Caviar recently installed custom-built caviar vending machines around the city, she became giddy. What better way to show up at a hot nightclub party than with a tin of caviar in her purse? She pictured herself locked in a bathroom stall with a little mother of pearl spoon, dipping into a $500, 1-ounce serving of Imperial River Beluga before heading back to the dance floor at Hyde, MyStudio or Bootsy Bellows.
November 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Your prayers have been answered: Finally, Angelenos can drop hundreds of dollars at vending machines in local malls for a single ounce of caviar. Admit it, Black Friday isn't even over and you've already broken down the door at Urban Outfitters and spent your mortgage payment on door-buster deals. So what's another few bucks or 400 for an ounce of Royal River Beluga caviar? Beverly Hills Caviar is stocking the vending machines at Burbank Town Center, Topanga Westfield Mall and Century City Mall with fish eggs as well as truffles, escargot, oils, gourmet salts and gift boxes ( hat tip to the Eater blog )
October 9, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
With cities pressing to limit the intake of fattening foods and drinks, the nation's major soda makers will start listing calorie counts on vending machines next year, a move critics said was aimed at averting calls for special taxes and other regulations. Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. unveiled the initiative Monday in conjunction with a competition between Chicago and San Antonio municipal employees for a $5-million grant from the American Beverage Assn., an industry trade group.
June 2, 1987 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Other inventors might spend their nights dreaming up a better mousetrap, but Marion Ruggles and Bill Nussbaum needed something they could sink their teeth into: a project with some meat; a gadget that really cooked. They also wanted a product that would fit their disparate personalities, and there are precious few things that a one-time dune buggy maker and a transplanted Queens native could possibly manufacture and market--together.
June 25, 2006
Regarding "A Vending Machine Selling IPods?" June 14: At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, we've offered vending machines for a little over three years now from which students may purchase blank media (tapes, disks, flash cards), batteries, headphones and office supplies. It allows students to acquire items without leaving the building, and during hours when other sources may be closed. At first, we made fun of my boss when he came up with the idea, but it has become quite popular, and even a landmark.
October 8, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Now that Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and other sugary soda producers are planning to list health information on vending machines, calorie counts aren't just for the likes of McDonald's and fast food joints. In full view of consumers, the machines will have a “Calories Count” display alongside messages such as “Check Then Choose” and “Try a Low-Calorie Beverage,” according to the American Beverage Assn. trade group. Labels listing the number of calories per container will be affixed to selection buttons.
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