Nation: Machinocide

For two years, Robert Goines had been feeding nickels and dimes to the soft-drink vending machine in his Indianapolis service station. Often enough, the machine simply swallowed the coins without disgorging a bottle of pop. In all, Goines calculates he lost more than $25 down the slot.

By last Dec. 29, Goines had had enough, as he told an Indianapolis court last week. He had to give refunds to two customers who lost their money to the device, then it took Goines' own 15¢. "I shook that machine," Goines testified. "Then I walked over to the desk drawer, got my .22-cal. revolver,...

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