Commuters poke fun at the ‘UK’s first fashionable face mask vending machine’ selling coverings for £12 and predict a rush when the ‘models and influencers find out’
- Broadcaster Emma Barnett, 35, London, shared picture of machine on Twitter
- First Maskey vending machine launched in Woodford Central Line Station in May
- Twitter users teased they were ‘surprised it’s taken so long’ to have trendy masks
The UK’s first ‘fashionable face mask’ vending machines have been teased on Twitter, with one user joking it won’t be long before trendy London influencers discover them.
Broadcaster and journalist Emma Barnett, 35, from London, took to Twitter yesterday to share a picture of the vending machines with the caption: ‘Oh Soho. How I’ve missed thee.’
It wasn’t long before the post, which racked up over 200 likes, caught the attention of other users, who couldn’t believe the £12 price tag of the masks, and joked they were ‘surprised it’s taken this long’ to install the machines.
The dispensers were launched near tube stations and shopping centres in May, by new company Maskey, which began trading in April this year.
Its fashionable cotton masks are made in London, and are reusable and washable.
The UK’s first ‘fashionable face mask’ vending machines have been teased on Twitter for it’s pricey face coverings. Pictured, a Maskey dispenser in The Mall in Walthamstow
The masks are created by Maskey, who began trading in April this year providing fashionable cotton masks made in London
In reply to Emma, one user wrote: ‘THE UK’S FIRST. Sssh before all the influencers/models etc. find out!’
‘But I wanted a Toffee Crisp and a Coke,’ joked another.
A third commented: ‘I’m surprised it’s taken this long!’
The first Maskey Shop opened outside Mace Convenience store on Brook Parade in Chigwell, Essex and the dispensers are now in various locations dotted around London.
Broadcaster and journalist Emma Barnett, 35, from London, took to Twitter yesterday to share a picture of the vending machines
Where can you buy a vending machine mask?
Hamleys – Regent Street, London
Hamleys – Lakeside Shopping Center
Hamleys – London Bridge Station
Carnaby Street – One Marlborough Court
Kingly Court – Carnaby Street
Chigwell – Mace Convenience Store
Loughton – Brick Lane Bagel Shop
Walthamstow – The Mall
Norwich – Castle Mall
Woodford – Opposite Woodford Station
Redhill – The Belfry Shopping Center
Luton – The Mall
Basildon – Eastgate Shopping Center (2 Vendamask machines)
Slough – Queensmere Observatory Shopping Center
Southend-on-Sea – Victoria Shopping Center
Each standard vending machine can hold up to 180 face coverings, while the larger Vendamask machine can hold 450 masks.
While the cost of the masks start at just £6 online, Twitter users were baffled by the picture Emma posted which showed all of the masks in the Soho machine costing £12.
One wrote: ‘£12!!!!! And I bet they get stuck in the machine like every other pack of M&Ms I have ever tried to buy’.
It wasn’t long before the post, which racked up over 200 likes, caught the attention of other users, who couldn’t believe the £12 price tag of the masks, and joked they were ‘surprised it’s taken this long’ to install the machines
One exclaimed: ‘Twelve quid!? , as another asked: ‘How much?!’
Other countries such as Singapore and Germany have been selling surgical blue masks from such machines, while Maskey’s designs include leopard print, camouflage and masks with rainbow print.
Ten per cent of the profit from each mask sale will be donated to the charity Lenderhand, which is currently supporting the NHS along with individuals and families in need during this crisis.
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