It was mid-afternoon, and I needed an energy boost to finish grading papers, so I went downstairs to the school’s nearest vending machine.
I swiped my credit card and then punched in the code. D1. Peanut M&M’s.
The machine started buzzing and the metal coil started turning just like it was supposed to.
But then it paused.
The package just hung there instead of dropping.
Shit, I thought, this is one of those times when I get screwed.
Just then the machine started buzzing again and the metal coil started turning just like it was supposed to. The M&M’s fell and hit the bottom with a thud. But the coil didn’t stop turning. It kept going until a second package of M&M’s fell and hit the bottom with a thud too.
I looked side-to-side, shrugged, and then reached in and grabbed them both.
It was one of those times when I didn’t get screwed at all.