Monday, December 13, 2010

I'll Be Drunk!... Robo Liquor Stores On The Way

Whenever technology is used to solve a real problem, or when technological advances are needed to work their way around antiquated state liquor laws- either way- it warms our hearts. 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 closed-caption TV. 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 WAL*MART (good luck with that breathalyzer thing... just get your kids to blow in the hose for Daddy) preliminary approval to put the things in some of their locations outside of Pittsburgh.

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