You’ve come a long way, Selecta
Modern life is mechanized life. Machines make all the things we take for granted on a daily basis possible. If you live in Vienna, 24-hour shopping is one of those things, unless you are lucky enough to have a round-the-clock gas station nearby. Luckily, the company Selecta noticed this problem, and, good capitalists that they are, found a way to make a profit from it. They placed food vending machines on most rapid train stations in Vienna where you can buy a chocolate bar, some chips and a soft drink, no matter what time it is. Those things are regular lifesavers – so important for everyday living that our good friends at monochrom.at even made a homage to them.
Just recently, they updated the goods in their vending machines. Now, a green dot indicates healthy food – low-fat, low-sugar, the usual. While this might be interesting for the health-concious human on the move, what’s far more important to society is the fact that they now offer condoms! Yay! 3 pieces, semi-transparent, lubed, for 2.50€. If I had a Euro for every time that I was in need of one of those things, but the shops were closed and I had to check through dozens of bars to find one with a condom vending machine in the mens toilet that actually worked and didn’t have condoms that expired 4 years ago… I’d have a lot of Euros.
This might look like a small thing to some people, but considering that there are currently forces at work in this country that would like to kill the idea of planned parenthood (Think Johann Gudenus’ condom tax or Elisabeth Gehrers’ “children instead of parties”), I think it’s a big step. My only concern is that the low-temperature environment inside those machines might hurt the little rubbers.