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Live Crab Vending Machines in China

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Subway stations in Nanjing, China, are offering live crabs in automated vending machines. The Dazha hairy crabs, apparently a delicacy in the region, are packed into custom-fitted plastic boxes and chilled to 5C, leaving them sedated but still very much alive. The retailer has a sign displayed near the machine saying that customers are offered three free crabs if they happen to receive a dead one.

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Wu Zhendi, general manager of Twin Lake Crab Company, says they found a way to conveniently and cheaply sell the crab, while also keeping them pretty much as fresh as possible, by keeping them alive and supplying them through a vending machine. They are selling hundreds by the day. It took them a while to manage to keep the crabs fresh and alive, but now they plan to expand the area where they are offering these vending machines. 

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