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A vending machine and 3 surprises… a day in Paris!

8:00 am. Foggy weather over Paris and in my head. Passing by the vending machine in the lobby of the company, on my way to the elevators…

– ‘Happy birthday Christophe!’ The nice message shows up on the front panel of the coffee machine, which just turned multicolored.

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And the vibration of the cell phone in my pocket signals an SMS: ‘Happy birthday Christophe! Please enjoy a free cappuccino on your preferred vending machine!

Elevator can wait! I get to the machine and confirm my free beverage. While the machine starts brewing it, I quickly check on the large touchscreen of the machine how much remains on my prepaid balance – not too much I am afraid… – and what the weather will be like today… – Hum, we shouldn’t see too much of the sun… Not so much of a surprise… Summer is still young…

Cup in hand, I get to the elevator. Let’s lose no time and quickly recharge the almost empty balance through this nice app on my smartphone.

Brrr… Second good surprise of the day: as I confirm the recharge, the phone vibrates again: I am awarded a coupon: ‘Free pack of chips’ next time I buy my daily Perrier can at one of those magic machines!

This gives me an idea: why not push this coupon to my student daughter: ‘Hi honey ! Have a nice day… and find enclosed some support for the preparation of your spring exams. Dad’. In 2 clicks the coupon is flying to her.

… And when the doors of the elevator open at the 10th floor… here comes the third surprise of the day: a ray of sunshine over the roofs of Paris and over the not so distant Eiffel tower…

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