Q: We have had a candy machine in our office that dispenses a handful of candy for a quarter. The machine is owned by a sweet old guy that is just known as “The Candyman.” We don’t have a phone number to call, he just randomly shows up. The problem is we have not seen or heard from this gentleman in more than three months. The candy level is non-existent, but the want of candy is still there. The two dispensers seem expensive and we don’t want to just throw them out. Is this something that we could actually do?

A: You have no official contract with “The Candyman,” thus you can remove the machine at your discretion. The problem is that it is still his machine so it must be stored for a period of three months before it is considered abandoned property. I recommend that you contract a licensed vending company that you can dictate variety, replenishment and location.

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