Odds and ends for February 21


Man uses forklift on candy machine

MILFORD, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has lost his job and unemployment benefits for using a forklift to get a candy bar from a malfunctioning vending machine, state records say.

According to state unemployment records released last month, Robert McKevitt, 27, of Spirit Lake, was working at Polaris Industries’ warehouse in Milford when the incident occurred last fall.

McKevitt wanted some candy, so he deposited $1 in a vending machine for a 90-cent Twix candy bar. But the candy bar got snagged on a hook and wouldn’t fall. He banged it and rocked it, but that didn’t work.

The state records said McKevitt then commandeered a forklift, picked up the machine at least six times and dropped it about 2 feet onto the concrete floor. Three candy bars fell. McKevitt was fired five days later.

In a ruling last month, a judge denied McKevitt’s claim for unemployment benefits, saying he willfully disregarded his employer’s interests.

 

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