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Condemned scales

Postby coppinpr » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:24 pm

We have all seen many photos of slot machines being destroyed by gov officials in the US, but this one is a new twist.
These are coin op weight scales ("several thousand of them") being destroyed because they gave incorrect readings !! !OMFG!
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Re: interesting photo

Postby quadibloc » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:27 pm

That would make sense if they were scales used in grocery stores for selling produce or meat by weight.

When they're used to tell people how much they weigh, though, it makes no sense. But the wording of the statute may have led to this.

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Re: interesting photo

Postby treefrog » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:32 am

I bet they wouldn’t have done that during the war years, never heard of recycling or need for raw materials

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Re: interesting photo

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Re: Interesting photo

Postby pennymachines » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:53 pm

In the UK, I believe the Weights and Measures Act of 1963 put some automatic weighing machines out commission because they couldn't meet the more stringent accuracy requirements.

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Re: interesting photo

Postby treefrog » Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:57 pm

gameswat wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:28 am
Except it did happen. https://www.londongardenstrust.org/feat ... lings3.htm
Interesting read and does not surprise me. Still happens today with recycling, majority of it ends in landfill or goes off to countries that cannot manage it, but they don’t want people to know....

Love the idea of an RAF bomber resorting to dropping church iron railings to scupper the Nazi war machine :HaHa:

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Re: Condemned scales

Postby coppinpr » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:34 am

quadibloc wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:27 pm
That would make sense if they were scales used in grocery stores for selling produce or meat by weight.

When they're used to tell people how much they weigh, though, it makes no sense
In the heyday of public coin op scales (1920 to 1945) I don't think that was true, not like it would be today. Keeping a check on what you weighed was considered important and there were a LOT of public coin op scales. Below is section from the scales page at www.penny-arcade.info


In the USA alone there were over 750,000 scales in operation in the the 1920's and 30's taking in $100,000,000 per year ( thats a staggering 10 billion pennies) in fact the US government relied on weight scales to keep the penny in circulation.

Prior to the 1950's short of visiting a doctor just about the only way to check your weight was to use a public coin op scale.Even during the great depression revenue from penny scales didn't drop significantly


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