English town gets vending machine in place of grocery store

Residents in Clifton, England are now using a grocery vending machine for basic necessities.

March 23, 2014 6:44:15 AM PDT
A small town in England that lost its last grocery store 10 years ago now has a vending machine filling the gap.

The vending machine in Clifton sells milk, eggs, bacon, chocolate, and 76 other essentials. It is conveniently located next to the town pub. It can't replace a grocery store, but it can tide people over until they make the long trip to a grocery store in another town.

"I think this is a fantastic idea. The downside is I've come to buy some bacon, but I've had to go in the pub for a drink as well!" Clifton resident Sue Simpson said.

The electrical engineer who created the vending machine says even he would prefer to go to a real shop with a real person, but since the town is too small to support a store this is the best option.

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