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Tayto to the rescue: Stephen Nolan left hungry after crunch showdown

By Staff Reporter

Published 19/07/2016

Stephen Nolan is used to boxing clever on the airwaves, but he was recently floored by his toughest opponent yet - a vending machine.

On the same day he got a telling-off from his mum for filming her in her dressing gown, he posted a video rant on Facebook after his pre-show snack became stuck in the vending machine just five minutes before he was due to go live on air.

The BBC broadcaster wrote: "You think these things don't happen to me and they do all the time.

"I put my money in and look at that dangling thing. That could only happen to me. It's like one of those machines that pushes the coins over. I am demented now. My favourite prawn cocktail crisps are dangling. I can't get it out... it's defying gravity... I'm suing Mr Tayto."

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Nolan then decided he could take on the machine and get his crisps with a few pushes.

"I'm a big guy and I can shake the machine - but no matter how many times I push this machine, they are not dropping," he wrote.

The gloves then came off as Nolan tried shoving from a different angle, but the machine still came out on top.

"I use my massive, massive weight and I put my shoulder to this, but if I push my whole weight to this thing, the crisps are still dangling just," he said. "It's unbelievable. How on earth are they still on this?"

The BBC star gave it one more shake and psyched himself up by telling himself "come on Stephen", but despite his efforts he was forced to throw in the towel and head to the studio empty-handed.

Radio Ulster and Five Live presenter Stephen Nolan was defeated by the vending machine
Radio Ulster and Five Live presenter Stephen Nolan was defeated by the vending machine

But - to the rescue came Mr Tayto himself, who left a box of Mr Nolan's favoured prawn cocktail on his car.   

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