Dec 09 2010
Welcome to Pennsylvania, where it’s illegal to sell wine in grocery stores, but it’s not illegal to buy it from a vending machine that makes you swipe your license and blow into a breathalyzer. Huh??
For instance, it’s illegal to sell alcohol in grocery stores in Pennsylvania, but it’s not illegal to install a vending machine that dispenses wine: as long as the user is asked to take a breathalyzer test, swipe their state issued ID or Driver License, and then show their mug to a state official sitting somewhere in Harrisburg, who is keeping an eye on the proceedings via CCTV. Simple, right?
Maybe not, but it does protect the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. The Pronto wine vending machine is currently only available in select grocery stores in the state, but it’s just been announced that the PA Liquor Control Board has given Walmart preliminary approval to put the things in some of their locations outside of Pittsburgh.
Uh, what do you have to blow to be able to BUY wine? Can you just not be over the drunk driving limit, or do they not want you to purchase it even if you’re buzzed? And why does CCTV need to be involved at all? Silly Pennsylvania. I hope they make an episode of The Office featuring this.
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