Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Is it just me...

...or does this seem like a weird and off-putting way to buy a bottle of wine?
Pennsylvania residents can buy wine from vending machines but first they must pass a breath test to prove they haven't been drinking.

The state, which already controls sales of wines and spirits through a network of 620 state-run retail stores, is testing out two wine kiosks at supermarkets in Harrisburg and in nearby Mechanicsburg.

If it is successful another 98 will be rolled out across the state this autumn.

After selecting a bottle of wine from the 55 on display customers must insert a driver's license showing they are over 21, the minimum age to legally buy alcohol in the United States.

Their identify is verified via video link by a member of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) who can see the customer in front of a camera installed in the kiosk.

Next customers must blow into a breathalyzer to make sure their breath-alcohol level is not more than 0.02, or just one quarter the legal limit for driving. If it is, the sale will be denied.
Okay, so let me get this straight...in order to buy a bottle of wine from these machines, you need to give your ID to some guy who you can't see who then determines whether or not you're too drunk to buy alcohol from a vending machine ("Spare any change, man?") that you have to put your mouth on.

Yeah, I think I'll stick to going to a liquor store.

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