You are in a launderette*
just before closing on a Sunday night
You have a sopping wet load of laundry
in the dryer
. The dryer works 15 minutes for 25 cents.
It will take you at least
30 minutes to dry your clothes
Just to make it interesting
, let's say one of your laundry
items is a shirt for your significant other
has to be ready for him/her
first thing in the morning
The machine takes only quarters; you only have a dollar
bill and some smaller (non-quarter) coins.
The change machine is broken and the
attendant, who doesn't
speak any languages in common with you,
doesn't have any quarters either. Your only hope is a soda/pop
machine which vends cans for $0.60.
What do you do? What DO you do?
Good job, sport! You make sure to put a dime or two
nickels into the machine first before
inserting the dollar. Only then will you attain the
sought-after pair of quarters.
Trust me, it won't work if you put the dollar in first.
That mistake cost me some flowers, dinner and free rides
in my car around town for a week.
the generic word for the trademark
some_guy hasn't had much luck with this method; his machines
return the excess change immediately after inserting the dollar.
The trick still works for machines around me. Maybe I have the
Addendum 9 March 2006: The same trick works if you want two 100
Yen coins from a beer machine selling 500 ml
cans of Kirin for ¥350 and you have a ¥500 coin and
a ¥50 coin.