New Orleans Gets Vending Machine-Equipped Taxis

Occasionally, you'll luck out and climb into a taxi cab with such amenities as free tissues, discarded newspapers or all the tourist pamphlets you can carry. But if you find yourself in New Orleans, you might end up in one of the 250 vehicles in the Orleans Carriage Cab fleet that now feature soda-dispensing vending machines.

It's not unlike the New York TaxiTreats concept, except this is real and officially being rolled out en masse in the big easy. Using a touchscreen display, patrons can order up a non-alcoholic beverage — including Coke, Sprite, Iced Tea and orange Fanta — for just a buck that's delivered to them via an automated mechanism behind their headrest. There's no mention of how they deal with the issue of the cans getting shaken up and exploding when opened though, because last time we checked, taxi back seats were already sticky enough.



    What a good idea, especially that it has eftpos so there's no messing around.. I find it surprising here in AU how many even regular small businesses don't have eftpos, or have a minimum charge of $10.. Then they wonder why people walk the extra block to the supermarket or whatever..

      especially that it has eftpos
      If you've ever paid a taxi fare using eftpos you should also know that they add a very high surcharge for the transaction. In no way will using eftpos in a cab for any reason, ever be as convenient as you think. Sorry dude, just sayin..! :)

      It's a tax dodge.

      If the ATO was serious about tax evasion, that's the first place they'd look.

        Hrmm In what way is it a tax dodge?

          not having eftpos = cash transactions = near impossible to financially trace

          e.g. you go to mum and dad electronics store
          negotiate a tv for $1000
          say "ill pay cash"
          they give you 9% discount
          you pay cash
          they never report this sale to ATO, never pay GST, make the same profit margin, but as its not reported dont pay 30% tax on the profit either, but still managed to sell it to you much easier than not doing so

          the above is all automatic when they dont accept eftpos, with you not knowing whether your microtransaction is managed this way

    New Orleans Gets Vending Machine-Equipped Taxis And prohibitively expensive soda!

    Alternatively just stop in at 7-11 and get a slurpy.... mmm

    Have to say i don't like this, and i don't see it taking off I mean how long are you in a taxi for 20min? 10min?

    I go on 3h flights and don't pay for a can of drink. I think ill be right for 20min.

    Last edited 24/03/13 6:36 pm

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