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Vodka vending machine in city center sold shots instead of coffee

Ukrainian authorities were not amused when a coffee vending machine was altered to dispense $1 vodka shots.
By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com   |   Sept. 9, 2013 at 2:04 PM   |   Comments

Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A vodka vending machine in the town center of Melitopol, Ukraine, and the city's tax inspectors are not amused.

Authorities are investigating how a coffee vending machine ended up converted to dispense vodka and fruit juice mixers. The machine accepted coins and banknotes, and charged $1 for a shot of vodka.

Ukrainian tax collectors intend to interview the owner of the "wonder machine" on suspicion of illegally trading in alcohol.

And the illegal alcohol trade in Ukraine is a serious problem for authorities, who estimate 35 percent of vodka sold in the country in 2012 was unlawfully produced.

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