Vending machines are generally a last resort, something only the most desperately hungry turn to while stuck in a long line at the DMV or an all-day conference at a crappy hotel. Leave it to culinary powerhouse France to putt a decidedly more sophisticated spin on things with vending machines that dispense fancy meat products, reports the Associated Press.
The machine, which is located in eastern Paris on the Rue de Charonne, is accessible 24 hours a day and is reportedly the first of its kind in Paris. It's the brainchild of nearby butcher shop L'ami Txulette; the owners say it's intended to serve their customers after the shop closes in the evenings, and the two days a week they're closed. The meats are all vacuum-packed to stay fresh, and choices include duck confit, Bayonne ham, Basque-style pate, and beef carpaccio. The machine takes cash or credit cards, and the prices seem pretty reasonable, ranging from about $3 to $8.
Amazingly, the French aren't the first to have the privilege of getting meat from vending machines: Though perhaps a bit low-brow compared to what you'll find in Paris, a convenience store in Alabama has its own vending machine that dispenses bargain-priced raw cuts of meat. Meanwhile in China, seafood lovers can get live crabs from vending machines. What a world.