Vending Machines Sell Live Crabs in China Subways

October 29th, 2010 - 10:10 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Oct 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Vending machines in China are now dispensing live crabs, which are refrigerated in little boxes inside the machine until such time as a passing commuter chooses to buy one. Subway passengers in Nanjing can be seen in the video below purchasing the live critters, which are sluggish at first after being cold, but soon come to life.

The temperature at which the crabs are kept inside the vending machine is from 32 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which is not cold enough to freeze them, but is clod enough to keep them sleepy. They cost anywhere between $1.50 and $7.50.

They are selling around two hundred crabs a day, according to the Tantoa News, and if you happen to get a dead one, you will be given three live ones for free.

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