Press B3 to Be Mine (With a Vending-Machine Engagement Ring)

The machines don’t track the identity of the purchasers, so there is no way to tell if the rings were being used for serious proposals or as a prank. There was at least one spontaneous proposal in the hotel’s restaurant, though, where the ring was used. “They said yes, so we hope that wasn’t a joke,” Mr. McHugh said.

Ms. Kelly says the Rockefeller Center ring could be the real deal or a symbolic gesture. “People might say, ‘I’ll buy this engagement ring, and maybe it’s not the engagement ring forever, but it’s the engagement ring for right now,’” she said.

Either way, the purchase certainly makes for a good story on social media. Or as Ms. Kelly put it, “What a way to start off your lives together.”

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