Iowa man fired for using forklift to get candy

MILFORD, Iowa — An Iowa man lost his job and unemployment benefits for using a forklift to get a candy bar from a malfunctioning vending machine, state records say.

According to state unemployment records released last month, Robert McKevitt, 27, of Spirit Lake, was working at Polaris Industries’ warehouse in Milford when the incident occurred last fall.

McKevitt wanted some candy, so he deposited $1 in a vending machine for a 90-cent Twix candy bar, The Des Moines Register reported. But the candy bar got snagged and wouldn’t fall. He banged it and rocked it, but that didn’t work.


The records said McKevitt then commandeered a forklift, picked up the machine at least six times and dropped it about 2 feet onto the concrete floor. Three candy bars fell.

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McKevitt was fired five days later. ‘‘That machine was trouble,’’ McKevitt said. ‘‘They fired me, and now I hear they have all new vending machines there.’’

Associated Press