Starbucks Vending Machines

I recently saw the live lobster vending machine, and I love it.

But here’s a problem closer to my heart: I rarely carry cash anymore, and only obtain it in quantity before going to the Farmer’s Market on Sundays. This causes problems at work, when I want a quick snack from the vending machine.

We should be able to use our RFID badges, which we can use in the cafeteria with money values kept on the network, in vending machines on campus. But we can’t.

Starbucks, with whom my place of work has a long-term relationship, has stored-value cards. Those should work in vending machines. Those should work in the vending machines here.

Guess I’ll keep waiting.

2 thoughts on “Starbucks Vending Machines

  1. I remember the vending machines at DePaul allowing you to use your school ID to buy soda, snacks and copies in the library. 🙂 It wasn’t RFID, but that little magnetic strip worked just grand. Also, iirc, the copy cards which were also magnetic strip cards that you could buy in the library (where you recharged the balance on your ID) would work. It was handy! The main purpose was for people who had cafeteria accts to use it for other food-items. Pretty neato, and a shame you guys don’t have that option at work.


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