Workers Charged For Shaking Snacks Out Of Vending Machine

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (CBS) — Some southwest suburban workers who got the munchies are now in trouble with the law.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the eight workers were on the night shift between 6 p.m. and midnight Feb. 21, at an unspecified Bolingbrook business in the 800 block of Remington Boulevard.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

The temporary employees apparently got hungry, but decided not to insert coins or dollar bills into the workplace vending machine to satisfy their cravings.

Instead, they shook the machine, to the point where it began dropping free snacks, police said.

Bolingbrook Police Department Lt. Mike Rompa said 17 bags of chips, six Kit-Kats, eight Snickers bars, four packs of Reese’s peanut butter cups, two packs of Starburst, and $62 worth of change were stolen.

The workers all stand charged with theft.

The Joliet Herald-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Spookiest spook

    Now that is just sad.

    • freecheese

      The last time a vending machine stole money out of my pocket, I wished that I had a quarter pound canister of TNT to even the score !

    • BuckFarrack

      What? Must not have been a convenience store nearby they could do a flash mob on. Then they never would have been caught. Morons!

    • Dante
    • bbsux

      I in fact have a snack machine and have actually had to put up security cameras to prevent this kind of theft.

      Yeah stealing a bag of chips might not seem to be much but its still stealing and is not only illegal – it is morally wrong.

      I have actually had to go to court because a person stole money out of my vending machine, he had his probation revoked and he was sent to jail.

      My machine is located in a building where people on probation go to get drug tested, so why in gods name he thought he could get away with it there is beyond me.

      I had another lady on probation try and kick the front “glass” out of my machine. Luckily it is VERY strong plexiglass and she fell over and hurt herself. She tried to sue me and the judge looked at the video and revoked her probation and added time to her sentence. He then dismissed her case against me and awarded me attorney fees.

      I can under stand why people think this isn’t theft.

      If the machine took your money or the snack didn’t drop, report it to the number on the machine, thats why its there!

    • David Kramer

      I know, where is the indictment for theft of $1.6 Billion from MF Global by Obama’s buddy Jon Corzine. Oh, I bet Obama got a cut, nevermind.

    • moreco2

      You think you make a difference Mr. “Yes We Can’t, Never Again”? Fascist Browncoat Obamabot. NOPE!

      • moreco2

        This message was intended for “Yes We Can, Never Again” by the grace of the gods.

      • moreco2

        We need an “Attack America Watch”. Unfortunately there is nobody there.

    • rhett

      acctualy this news story is inaccurate i was present during this alleged theft and it is not at all what the news has made it out to be

      • Mark Twain

        And this is an important news story because…..??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      • The Clintidote

        Hey, “Yes We Can”, I reported Obama and the First Wookie to AttackWatch and guess what? The piece of shiite is still there. So’s the Wookie.

        AttackWatch is useless.

      • Sally

        Why would you announce that you are tattle-tell? Did you not get beat up on the playground enough to have that habit broken out of you?

        Or do you just have a problem wiith free speech/thought?

        Have a good one.

      • Eric

        “Yes We Can” That’ll teach him. LOL!

        The Liberal Police are on the job!

      • GRIZZ MANN

        Police reported the machine was dropping free food. Were the employees charged with a shake down scheme?

      • phil

        ..why is it NOT theft? If someone will steal bags of chips from your vendingg machine…they will steal from your company vehicles, your office cubicles, or even your daughters purse. A THIEF is a THIEF. A grown person, hired in a responsible position for any company…should be expected to be honest. Just glad it was a few bags of chips and and a few bucks. Now fire these cretins and gat some real employees!

      • OLD VET


      • ounceoflogic

        rhett, “not at all what the news made it out to be”… seems like you may have offered a detail or two.
        You ought to apply to be the next press sec for O’bama.

      • beazr

        less tha 50 dollars in the future and no tickets can be issued. you went over budget 13 dollars

      • SureTheyDid

        Another made up story to take attention away from the coup and cover up.

        The next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      • Smshicus

        yes we can’t again, you are a cowardly pig. You and yours will reap what you sow.

      • YES WE CAN... AGAIN!

        I just reported the above post to

      • Mark Matis

        Well, Old Vet, any bet that what REALLY happened is the machine took their money but did not vend? What would your pig buddies have done in that case? And why should these Mere Citizens be treated any differently?


    • gk

      To “YES WE CAN” – Who is Tired of your right-wing attack sites against Obama. Now about the vending machines, will police respond to complaints of vending machines stealing money and charge the vending machine owners with theft?

    • glenn

      I agree that they are stealing. If you work for me and you use the stamps that I purchased for your own personal mail without permission I don’t trust you further.

      • A Negro

        That’s why I don’t tell you about it.

    • j

      The article say the machine “began dropping free snacks”. How is this a crime then. Or maybe this is yet another bad reporter.

    • PAM D.


    • Will

      Yep. Thieves are thieves and they deserve to be punished otherwise a hard working person goes hungry.

      • bd maus

        Stealing is stealing and theft is theft

      • bob

        Too bad illegal immigrants are allowed to break the law, drive without licenses, steal ID’s, and drive drunk without any repercussions.

    • danthefan

      its just redistribution of wealth. these were just some hungry liberals who felt they were owed what the machine had. it doesnt have to be a living thing for liberals to want something.

      • David Kramer

        Why do you think Democrats like short sentences? Thieves are just your base Democrat sidestepping the government redistribution methods and going straight to the source. Actually, they are just honest Democrats, doing the job government won’t do.

  • tom sharp

    This is news??? Hey CBS, the sun rose in the East!!

    • David Kramer

      No, if CBS was reporting they would say Obama cause the sun to rise in the West and if you do not believe it, they will be sending the IRS around to persuade you.

    • SandraFluke

      That’s right! Now if it was a condom machine…

      • Mapache

        If it were a condom machine it would have to dispense free condoms.

  • PG

    I’m so glad that this was reported. Hey CBS news, you are located in the most politically corrupt city (Chicago) in the country, which is in the most politically corrupt county (Cook) in the country, which is in the most politically corrupt state (Illinois) in the country. This place is a virtual all you can eat buffet for a serious reporter that is intent on making a name for themselves with good investigative reporting, yet you report stories about vending machines getting shaken for $62 worth of junk food. Unreal.

    • TurbineDude

      PG, LMMFAO!!!!! I couldn’t have said it better. I used to live there and can attest to that. Thank you.

    • Been There

      Too Dangerous to report on Mobsters!

    • g-man

      You are so right P-G Another example that the news around Chicago is controlled by the Democratic Machine

    • Jennifer


      you forgot to state, in the most politically corrupt Nation on Earth.

    • Dano

      You can also put Will County right up there next to Cook County on the most corrupted Counties. Another MOFIA branch of government.

    • steve

      They report on these kind of things so they don’t have to report on how bad it is under Obama.

    • poorhardworker

      I agree with your comments about the corruption…and yes this is a seemingly inconsequential news story. But just to set the record straight…Bolingbrook is not in Cook County.

      • bruce brinkmann

        But. The turd don’t fall to far from the bird. Cook Co. corruption runneth over.

    • signe languagz

      im so glad for the top snach reporting! Keep up the GUWD REPORTING!!

  • straydog

    cbs…worst than channel 9…

    • Army Vet,VN

      But not as bad as WLS7,one of the bias around.

  • Absolutely ridiculous!

    If you have ANY job, and you try to steal sugary and salty snacks FROM YOUR EMPLOYERS MACHINE you need to be in the news for being stupid!

    • bob

      The politicians and bureaucrats are only stealing money from their employers

  • Welfare Mom

    It’s possible that they put their money in first, but nothing came out. I would shake the machine too if it failed to give me my snacks. It’s possible the machine has taken a lot of people’s money, and today the machine gave it back.

    • theJackal

      No wonder your on welfare, you obviously can’t read or comprehend what you read. They stole $63 worth of food. Typical Obama voters all around.

      • Lib Ripper

        Yup. It’s disgusting to know that human trash like that can actually vote.

      • bruce brinkmann

        I suspect it was a band of hungry angry displaced Tea Partyer’s, gone wild!

      • Mike

        Not to defend Welfare Mom, who is obviously an idiot, but its also obvious you cannot read, write (you’re), or comprehend what you’ve read either. If you read the article again you will see that they stole about $25.00 worth of food and $62.00 in change, Are you an Obama voter as well? By your own logic, yes you are.

    • Are you kidding me?

      Welfare Mom . . . Why am I not surprised with a post name like that? . . . “it’s possible” the machine holds back one “possibly” paid for snack so you “shake down” the machine for 34 snacks that someone else will have to pay for but not you . . . Because the machine “possibly” took other people’s money it’s ok for you to steal as much as you can from it in the name of “justice”? . . . I guess that makes perfect sense if you’re a Welfare Mom . . .

    • Jack

      More was taken than one snack!

  • Cameltoe Rancher

    I remember working at a warehouse while in high school. The best way to get free snacks from one of those things is to use a fork-lift to raise & shake the machine.

  • Hey I Got The Munchies (Snack Attack)

    Maybe one of the workers had low blood sugar, really really really low blood sugar. ( No pork rinds have been harmed during this snack attack.)

  • The World Is In Maximum Overdrive

    Was there a green haze in the sky or a comet in the area?.

  • juju

    What, no Cheetohs. What kind of county is this.

  • Al Jackson

    But the bankers and the ones running the country are robbing trillions and are walking free with bonuses.

    • Lib Ripper

      Then stick your money under your mattress and use cash and don’t use a bank and STFU about banks already. Communist trash.

    • theJackal

      So that is an excuse to steal from some poor dude’s vending business. The people that run vending companies are generally small businesses, they buy all the product and stock the machines and make a measily profit after they pay for the machines, the candy, the employee, the large truck/van, the gas and of course taxes, taxes and more taxes. The profit on a candy bar is pennies you dolt! So basically your saying bankers stole and got away with it…. So I’m gonna steal from my neighbors business. That’s called monkey see…. monkey do! Loser!

    • bob

      That’s because they paid off the politicians and regulators. These snack thieves should have paid off the cops and DA

  • joanie

    The workers must have been fairly young and strong to do this. Those machines are extremely heavy. We’ve had to get behind those periodically in my line of work, just getting them to budge takes multiple people and a Herculean effort.

    That being said, they did steal from their employer and there are consequences for theft.

  • I Love Snack Stealin In The USA

    Great reporting CBS,(kudos) to the news wizards. Kudos is a snack bar made by Mars.

  • Frank

    A word of caution to vendors who are cheering this. If word gets around that you prosecute petty theft from your machines, you might just find it getting harder to get new locations. I would never do something like this I feel the bad publicity is not worth it and I am a vendor.

    • Eric

      That doesn’t make any sense, Frank. I’d prefer vigorous prosecution.

      And I’m speaking as somebody who did this exact same thing in High School. (Got away with it, too.)

    • FusterCluck

      Frank, not that I give a flying fart about this [poorly written] story, but I have to say that your logic completely escapes me. How is prosecuting a theft bad publicity?

    • Captian Obvious

      So your machines are free game then. What a foolish thing to say. People can steal from me and I wont do anything.

  • Jack

    Stealing is stealing and they should be prosecuted and fired.

  • Papa-g

    Don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish. If you’re lucky enough to find honest hardworking employees, compensate them well enough so that they will be unwilling to risk their jobs over a few dollars worth of snacks.

  • gerry mazzone

    thats just break time activities in multicultural America, we used to put the cusions on the floor and turn the suckers all the way over. machines were removed, we remain, undefeated.

  • fred

    no mention of the petty thieves’ names + Chicago = knee grows

  • Jet

    Punk snags pack of smokes from dad, more at eleven.

  • Will

    Obama will pardon them.

  • tomSERVO

    While not on a criminal level of say, 95% of Chicago politics, theft is the seizure of another’s property without agreed upon compensation. Only the government is allowed to do that.

    If anything, the permanent employees of the business should be upset as their prices on future vending items will increase to subsidize the theft of items by the temporary workers. Minus a few random rapes, it sounds like this could be an “occupy” movement

  • AmericanWorker

    That’s temps for ya. How many of the temps were illegals?

  • ChicagObama

    Just call it ‘reparations’ — unless the thieves were white, that is. In which case they must be executed.

    • Obummer's nut

      is o going to call them too?
      Maybe he’ll give them a grant for an algae farm, so they won’t have to work ever again.

  • Fred Johnson

    What’s good about this is it helped to get rid of THIEVES employed at the business. No telling what else they stole.

  • el polacko

    gee…i wonder what race these folks are who think that the world owes them eveything for free ? hmmm…let me think… chicago…thieves…hold on, it will come to me in a minute……

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