Man Fired For Using Forklift On Vending Machine Denied Unemployment Benefits

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A 27-year-old Spirit Lake, Iowa man has lost his job and unemployment benefits for using a forklift on a malfunctioning vending machine.

Robert McKevitt had deposited $1 in a vending machine last fall, but the 90-cent Twix candy bar he wanted wouldn't fall.

State unemployment records say his banging and rocking the machine didn't work, so McKevitt commandeered a forklift, picked up the machine at least six times and dropped it on the floor at the Polaris Industries' warehouse in Milford where he worked. Three candy bars fell.

A judge has denied McKevitt's claim for unemployment benefits, saying he'd willfully disregarded his employer's interests. McKevitt claims he never lifted and dropped the machine, but did use it to move the machine back in place.

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