This post doesn't really have anything to do with anything, but I thought it might get a giggle.
I've been a cup user for nearly 4 years, and I hadn't used a single disposable in all that time..until this month. Normally I am very good about sticking my cup in my bag a few days before I'm expecting my period, but for some reason I forgot this time. And of course I got caught at work without my cup. Well, no worries, I work at a university and can find supplies in a bathroom vending machine, right?
Yeah here's what that looked like.
1. Machine in my building: eats my 10 cents; no product comes out. Annoying.
2. 5 minute walk to high-traffic building - no machines in any bathrooms there. There is a general vending machine amply stocked with advil, condoms, and mouthwash, but oddly, no feminine supplies. (Maybe they are the most popular?)
3. Walk to another building. First floor restroom - machine already has someone else's money stuck in the slot and clearly not dispensing product or returning coin. Second floor restroom - machine busted open and empty. Third floor restroom - machine locked but someone very strong had bent the bottom half of the door back really far. I squatted down and peered up into it, and indeed, there were tampons in there! Luckily, my fingers are long and skinny, and it took some patience but I managed to snag one. I tried several times to stick my dime in the bowels of the machine so whoever restocks it would find it, but it kept sliding back out. Finally I said to hell with it, I already lost a dime earlier today in one of these machines, so I'm square. Good thing no one walked in while I had my hand up in the machine though; that would have been awkward.
Sheesh. Seriously. Don't forget your cups people!!