By Terry Trucco
Seems it was only yesterday we were reporting on the arrival of the Semi-Automatic, the Hudson hotel’s cool vending machine. You may recall it as the one stocked with gold-plated handcuffs, Haute Hippie sequin miniskirts and Ouiji boards instead of Doritos and M & Ms.
But today when we visited the Hudson to check out Hudson Common, the newish beer and burger court, we got a shock. Strolling over to the Semi-Automatic to see if it was still selling Equinox Derringer bikes (for $2,300) or, more realistically, toothbrushes, we discovered it was gone. Had it been moved?
Try removed. Its demise occurred about a month ago, a desk attendant said. Turns out the machine wasn’t as efficient as a human when it came to successfully dispatching objects and collecting money. “It seemed with very other purchase there was a problem,” the attendant said. (more…)