Gold Vending Machine Debuts in Abu Dhabi

For when you really need a block — fast
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted May 14, 2010 7:00 AM CDT
A man collects a gold bar rapped in gift paper from an ATM-style kiosk which monitors the daily gold price and offers small bars up to 10 grams or coins with customized designs.   (AP Photo/ Ex Oriente Lux)

(Newser) – How rich: A vending machine that dispenses blocks of gold made its debut Wednesday at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi. "Gold to Go" carries special one-ounce bars (current cost: about $1,264) alongside one, five, and 10-gram options. The machine, itself encased in 24-karat gold, is meant to cater to both investors and tourists, reports the National. But don't even think about trying to grab a freebie. “The machine guards itself," a rep says. "You need to have military explosives to blow it up.”

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