Want to see my neighbor's coke machine?

My Neighbors Home Business - A Coca Cola soda machine sitting on my neighbors front porch. Drawing traffic from the neighborhood children.
@Chevee (5915)
United States
April 25, 2009 3:32pm CST
My neighbor has a Coke soda machine on his front porch, I sneaked a picture of it so that I could post it. The neighborhood children has discovered this machine and they are constant coming to buy sodas. To get to the machine they are coming close to my house to get to his front porch where the machine is. I have my window open on this side of the house. Now I am hearing children voices all day long. The children voices are not a problem, it sounds nice to hear them, it brings back memories of when my children was young and at home with lots of friends in and out of the house all day. I am wondering if this is legal for him to have this machine. I would think he would have to have a license to have it in operation. Isn't it a home business? What do you think? Here is a picture of his porch with the coke machine.
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20 responses
25 Apr 09
Hi Chevee, I don't thik it is legal to sell but if he was giving it away it would be fine, someone can report him and he will be in troublle but hope not as this is great, I wish I was there having fun like the children, good luck to him. Hugs. Tamara
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I would think that he would need a license to sell cold drinks like that. I wonder if he is charging them the same price as if they went to a store or higher or cheaper? If that was me they would already be knocking on my front door giving me a fine and taking my machine away from me. haha
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I feel the same way. My neighbor tries to get away with everything. He is the type of person that never worked but had no problem getting on disability. He is more able and more healthier than I am. He just knows how to beat the system. So It seems.
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@GardenGerty (104421)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I would worry about him luring children to his home as well. I would not be a happy mom in that neighborhood. It is bad enough that there is a vending machine at the Red Cross offices across the street from me.
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@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I don't know if every state is the same, but he'd have to have a vendors liscense to do that. It would be a home business, but there is certain liscenses out there for vending machines. I'd also think his home insurance would go up on the liability. You know if someone got hurt there. Sounds sticky to me. I know I wouldn't want that kind of traffic about my home if I could help it.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
25 Apr 09
i'll tell you a funny & what i have always heard about people that had coke machines at their homes here were bootleggers. are you a dry county where u live. we are. i have heard that all my life. lol
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@maezee (34086)
• United States
26 Apr 09
I don't see what the big deal is. My dad has a slot machine (just for fun) in his garage that you can insert actually money into - and I've heard of people buying arcade games (where you also have to insert money to play!) and those don't cause any harm. The only concern I would have is that his "home business" is on private property - and so technically if people came up to buy a can of soda or whatever - they would essentially be trespassing! As long as your neighbor doesn't have an issue with that, I don't see what the big deal is.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
27 Apr 09
There is no big deal about his coke machine I am trying to reach payout and this is a discussion.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
26 Apr 09
I think the guy is on to something there, having that Coke machine where the kids can get to it I guess the legalities of it would depend on the laws of the city where you live, some places would shut him down and some wouldn't care.
• United States
26 Apr 09
This probably is considered a home business, which must be officially permitted. It's really a good idea in hot weather, though.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
26 Apr 09
Hi, Chevee! Well, it just reminds me of when a small company will have a soda machine outside their office. It reminds me of a local gas station in a small town. I don't know what your neighbor's purpose of this soda machine is. Not unless he is into an venture type of buisness. Like wholesale and distributorship/dropshipping??? That is what I think of it. Maybe he is running a fundraising operation and he needs the extra money to save up to win. Or, he may be he just likes selling sodas for extra cash. I would think that he would have to have some kind of approval from his local city district to have this on his porch. If he is running a business of some kind, then that is okay.
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
26 Apr 09
I hope it is legal. I do not see the harm in it, your neighbor makes a couple of dollars and the kids are happy.
• India
26 Apr 09
okay, i dont think that that is legal, but if youa re okay with it, then let it be, and probably someone else wil report him. otherwise you've got a coke machine near. think of the bright side.
@Trensue (5253)
• United States
26 Apr 09
I think sneaking a picture and posting on the web in irresponsible. I think it would have been a great idea to visit with the neighbor about your concerns and ask him/her if they have a license or if they are required to. I may have gone so far as to call and find out for myself and then informed the neighbor. I may have checked to see if there was a home business license on file. Open the door and talk to your neighbor. And if the voices not are the problem - what is the problem? That he/she is making money or what?
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
26 Apr 09
He should have a vendor's license to sell anything like that. If not, he could face a pretty hefty fine if he is caught. Also, if he's not paying taxes on the money he makes, he'll get in deep doo doo with the IRS! I think it's pretty cool to have something like that in the neighborhood where it would otherwise be a long walk or drive to buy a soda. But, he has to obey the laws regarding such things. How're you holding up, Chevee? I mean, with watching the baby and all.
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
26 Apr 09
I think legally he would have to have a license.. but how is it much different then a kid having a lemonaid stand. lol he's probably no making a whole lot of money from that coke machine.. he's not really harming anyone.. if you dont mind the traffic, then who's it hurtin right ? i say live and let live!! VIVA LA COKE!!
• Philippines
26 Apr 09
That is a fun and great idea. I don't know your law about having your own coke machine on your porch, but probably he had that arranged. To think CocaCola is reputable enough to have someone that might be cheating in a way to them. Wow, I can picture what you're trying to portray, I think it really sounds fun! ^^ Have a great day!
@goolonga (75)
• Australia
26 Apr 09
no, i dont think it is legal, but you have to admit. THAT IS TONNES COOL who wouldnt like their very own coke machine??? it would be like a dream come true.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
26 Apr 09
Hi, Chevee! The legality of it depends upon local laws. This gentleman is what we affectionately call "The Candy Man"; who is generally a woman ("The Candy Lady") in these parts. Call the applicable local governing agency and they will be able to answer your question. I'd be interested in knowing what they say.
• United States
26 Apr 09
I am not sure of the legality of it either. However, I think its kinda cool to have your own vending machine like that. I don't know that I would report him as long as he is the one stocking it ans not over charging I don't see the harm in it. But that is just my 2 cents.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
26 Apr 09
I've seen such a thing in the neighborhood where I grew up. These people had a saw shop right next door to their home and had coke machines on the porch and all of us kids used to go there to get a soda. Oh the memories of those days! lol
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
26 Apr 09
Hey chevee! That is very interesting! I don't know how a person would even go about getting their own coke machine to begin with! And as for it being legal, I don't think so. You would have to have permission from coke or the machine company at least and then you have to stock and I'm sure there would have to be some kind of leasing license! I guess you can see how long it stays there before someone has it taken away!
@GardenGerty (104421)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I do not know about licensing, as it depends on the state. I owned some candy vending machines at one time, but placed them outside of my home. I did not have to license or register them with the state. It seems kind of un neighborly of him to take advantage of the kids this way, though. I am one who thinks they should not be drinking soda all the time or everyday.