They strike me as slightly odd. Usually they look rather weather worn. I'm always curious who would buy and eat candy from them; they look so old and abandoned (and maybe full of dirt from the street!).
My friend and I were traveling in Wien (Vienna) and saw so many of them and were very curious, so we decided to throw hygienic caution to the wind and buy a piece of candy from the machine. We thought it might be chocolate because it was a foil-wrapped ball. We found that it was a gumball. We each ate half of it and did not die from weird roadside germs.
Below are some more machines that I've seen around.
|Candy and toy vending machine, Mannheimer Strasse, Kaiserslautern|
|I love the sticky Fledermaus, which means bat. Hehe, they're calling it some sort of mouse.|
|See what I mean? Would you want to eat anything that came out of this machine in Kaiserslautern?|