INTRODUCTION: The humble potato has come a long way through the ages.
SV EXTERIOR Fish and Chip shop sign in London
SVs INTERIOR Fish shop man putting chips into fryer, and chips being served to customer (4 shots)
SV Girl assembling chip vending machine (2 shots)
SV Girl putting money into machine and internal workings of machine showing automatic frying
SV Man taking finished product out of machine
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The humble potato has come a long way through the ages. It's most often boiled, sometimes smashed, but these days it's mostly made into "chips". But a British firms has come up with a computer-age way of serving ships, a much revered delicacy throughout the United Kingdom. They've invented a coin-operated hot chip vending machine."
SYNOPSIS: Traditionally, the corner fish and chip shop supplied chips to the hungary masses with business being particularly brisk on a Friday night. Technology has not changed this major British institution. In fact personal service, and the novelty of watching the ships being prepared is part of that institution.
But mow, a Slough company, west of London, has joined the trend toward self-service in food. It has come up with a vending machine which fries chips and the dispenses them automatically.
The company claims the machine can dispense portions of chips of varying sizes at any time of the day. On operating the machine by inserting a coin, a portion of chips is transferred from a hopper to a deep frying basket and individually fried in pre-heated oil. The customer is able to watch the process and then collect the finished product in a paper bag. The whole process is estimated to take between 15 and 40 seconds.