2008 NEC requires gambling machines and many more to be on GFCI

The new definition of Vending Machines in 422.51 expands the meaning to include some rather unusual machines. For instance the amusement
rides for children in shopping malls, massage chairs in malls, gaming machines in theatres, and the gambling machines found in bars and in Los Vegas are now vending machines. The new sentence reads: The term vending machine means any self- service device that dispenses products or merchandise without the necessity of replenishing the device between each vending operation and is designed to require insertion of a coin, paper currency, token, card, key, or receipt of payment by other means.
The IAEI Analysis of Change Book describes children's amusement rides at malls as an example. Evidently, the product dispensed is the ride. The rule does require that only cord and plug connected vending machines require GFCI protection.
The rule also is retroactive for older vending machines manufactured prior to January 1, 2005. These existing machines will have to be GFCI protected if the 2008 NEC is adopted.
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