|Havaianas vending machine|
It isn't the best photo, so in case you can't quite see... it is a vending machine filled with Havaianas (for the uninitiated, Havaianas are footwear most commonly worn by Aussies on a Summer weekend. Otherwise known as thongs). Available in four sizes, in various colours, for only $20 a pair.
I'm still not sure which was stranger - the contents of the vending machine or the fact that my son didn't mind that I wanted to stop to take a picture. I was expecting him to pretend he didn't know me and keep walking! But he just said, "It's ok mum, all the tourists take photos of it." (He works nearby so he's in the know.)
Is this evidence of a time-poor society? One can buy a pair of 'shoes' without having to A) try them on B) talk to a sales person and C) go to the checkout.
Once upon a time only snack foods and cigarettes were available in vending machines. Then came cold drinks, hot drinks (remember the old café bar?) & DVD hire. Let's not forget condoms, tampons and lip gloss, available in mini vending machines attached to the bathroom wall at a pub near you!
We can buy just about anything 'on the run' these days, which is lucky because we barely have time to stop.