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Be kind, this is my first time trying to make my own...

When my owner is closed, I am open

My owner never cleans me out

Few can afford to keep me fed

Because people always take my food

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ why the downvote? Way to promote others making riddles... no explanation of downvote. $\endgroup$ – KisnardOnline Nov 20 '14 at 20:22
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    $\begingroup$ To be honest, the Puzzling.SE community hasn't decided whether riddles are on-topic or not and if they are, what makes a good riddle. Until we've come to a consensus, I think riddles are likely to attract both a lot of upvotes and downvotes. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Nov 20 '14 at 20:38
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    $\begingroup$ See this meta thread for more information: meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/46/… $\endgroup$ – Kevin Nov 20 '14 at 20:40
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    $\begingroup$ fair enough, but a downvote without comment is bad practice all over SO. Guess it is just me, but every time I think of puzzles I think of riddles... $\endgroup$ – KisnardOnline Nov 20 '14 at 20:41
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    $\begingroup$ That meta post is a mixed bag(many agree and disagree with you). If someone downvoted and commented 'riddles are (potentially) not allowed here' it would make things clear - and hopefully stop riddles. I don't think that is refutable. That all being said, I came to Puzzling for fun, not nonsense... answer my riddle. $\endgroup$ – KisnardOnline Nov 20 '14 at 21:05
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A variant of Damien's answer:

an ATM machine.

When my owner is closed, I am open

When the bank is closed, the ATM machine is still open.

My owner never cleans me out

The bank never empties their ATM machines.

Few can afford to keep me fed

Not many people have enough money to supply an ATM machine.

Because people always take my food

People are withdrawing money from it all the time.

Credit to @AeJey for this answer. He didn't think it worked, but it seems to me to fit all the clues. ("When", not "when and only when", in the first line!)

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    $\begingroup$ YESSSS!!! you got it. See riddles can be fun! :) And that was 100% made up by me - so there was no way to solve on google. Was it fun? If so I may tell my family haha. $\endgroup$ – KisnardOnline Nov 21 '14 at 14:30
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    $\begingroup$ @KisnardOnline gg all :) welcome to puzzling :D $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Nov 21 '14 at 14:35
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    $\begingroup$ @KisnardOnline - Yes, good riddle! :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 21 '14 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ @AeJey - sorry I pinched your idea :-( $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 21 '14 at 18:13
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I believe it to be

a vending machine.

'When my owner is closed, I am open'

Doesn't matter what time of day it is, the vending machine will happily take your money.

'My owner never cleans me out'

Customers clean out vending machines - the owner never need to.

'Few can afford to keep me fed'

Either a comment on the inflated prices you pay for the convenience, or the fact that it's only businesses which can justify the cost of purchase and stocking.

'Because people always take my food'

The purpose of a vending machine - to dispense tasty goodness.

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  • $\begingroup$ it is close, but some dont link as perfectly as they do with another clue... see answer just marked. You do get credit for inspiring @rand al'thor $\endgroup$ – KisnardOnline Nov 21 '14 at 14:32
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The answer is:

An account

When my owner is closed, I am open

The "owner" is the customer. When a bank "closes" a client the account is "opened".

My owner never cleans me out

The customer will never rob himself.

Few can afford to keep me fed

Not many people can keep their account topped up...

Because people always take my food

Money is always required to the spent.

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  • $\begingroup$ verrry close but some people do close accounts... I have done it before. $\endgroup$ – KisnardOnline Nov 21 '14 at 14:29
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The answer is

one of the hippos from the game Hungry Hungry Hippos.

The answer fits the title, "Hungry Hungry _____."

When my owner is closed, I am open

When you press the lever for your hippo closed, the hippo opens its mouth.

My owner never cleans me out

In the middle of a game of HHH, you don't empty the tray of pellets you've grabbed.

Few can afford to keep me fed

Because people always take my food

You're competing against three other people trying to eat pellets, making it difficult to grab the most pellets.

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    $\begingroup$ lateral thinking... the first one is a stretch.. second one does not fit at all.. NEVER $\endgroup$ – KisnardOnline Nov 20 '14 at 20:20
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    $\begingroup$ Really? I seriously thought this was the correct answer xD $\endgroup$ – Kevin Nov 20 '14 at 20:41
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    $\begingroup$ haha too obvious or I would not have titled it like that :D to be honest when I made that title I was thinking of the game a little bit :) $\endgroup$ – KisnardOnline Nov 20 '14 at 20:42

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