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Our View: Vending problems

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012

Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 17:09

The cost of being a student in college isn’t cheap, and we’re not talking about tuition this time.

All over campus there are vending machines owned by either Coca-Cola or Sodexo, the company that operates the cafeteria in the Student Union. These machines are strategically placed so students can satisfy their eating needs when they can’t have a full meal.

When it comes to grabbing a quick snack in-between classes or during a study break, the amount of money students must spend to get their favorite snack or drink is becoming a burden on our wallets.

Prices range from 90 cents for a bag of chips to $1.10 for two Reese’s Cups and $1.25 for a bottle of water.

However, the items’ prices are not the only challenge we encounter. Many times students will swipe their plastic or insert a wrinkled dollar bill into a Coke machine only to have a soda they didn’t choose drop down.

The credit card scanners can require multiple swipes or the card itself won’t even register. In the case of a bag of chips, it can take multiple tries and more than the required amount of money for someone to have just one bag.

In a time when students must save every penny they can, they shouldn’t have to think twice when making their selection at a vending machine, hoping they ‘re not about to waste money on a Diet Coke when they clearly pressed the Cherry Coke button.

More attention should be paid and more care given by both Sodexo and Coca-Cola to how well their product is functioning. Students shouldn’t risk playing the slot machines when choosing their favorite drink.

“Our View is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of Arkansas State University.

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