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Pennsylvania Introduces Wine Vending Machines

Wine
07.14.2010

Pennsylvania Wine Kiosks

While San Francisco has been busy banning products from vending machines, Pennsylvania (of all places) has been trying to find ways to increase their vending machine offerings.

Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board recently introduced “wine kiosks” in two Harrisburg grocery stores. In order to purchase wine from the machines, customers must swipe their ID, blow into a breathalyzer, and then look into the security camera. A state employee in Harrisburg then remotely verifies that the buyer isn’t drunk and matches the photo ID. If everything checks out, the customer is approved to buy wine.

If the initial test run is successful, there are talks of putting the kiosks in grocery stores all over the state.

Conceptually, this invention both intrigues and disturbs me. Whereas the idea of incorporating technology into the world of fine beverage seems really cool, I fear that something like this will only contribute to the ever growing depersonalization of our society. There is something to be said for human interaction, especially in the food and beverage culture.

I’m curious to hear other people’s opinions on the matter. Is this a positive thing for the industry? Or is it destructive?



Comments

  1. Steve Stevens | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Undeniably disturbing, borderline insane. Blow into a breathalyzer and get your picture taken so Big Brother can decide if he’ll let you have a drink of wine? And they keep the stuff locked up in a cabinet that looks like a 1940s stereo? It’s a regressive and ignorant abuse of a public policy mechanism and deserves every bit of the derision and mockery it has coming.


  2. Ashley Routson | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Well, the real irony of it all … PA is known for its having some of the most ridiculous liquor laws. And of all states, they are the one sanctioning this. The idea is humorous, yes. But the reality of it is scary. Thanks for sharing your sentiments, Steve! Advocacy FTW!


  3. phil | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Ok, so there is a job in PA where a guy’s whole purpose in life is to check the id of people who use the vending machines from a remote location? Tax dollars at work there eh? Not to mention everything Steve said above.

    I’m so glad I am no longer a resident of that state.


  4. Luke Sky | Monday, July 26, 2010

    OKIE DOKIE, NOW WHY BLOW INTO BREATHALYZER WHEN YOU DO NOT HAVE TO IN A WINE STORE. AND TO HAVE SOMEBODY BEHIND A CAMERA TO SAY I CAN OR CAN’T BUY WINE IF HE DECIDES THAT I AM NOT THE SAME PERSON IN FRONT OF THIS MACHINE IS INSANE. I DO NOT MIND SWIPING MY ID AND THEN HAVEING SOME TYPE OF BIOMETRIC TO SHOW THAT THIS IS MY ID CARD. AND INSTEAD OF SUPERMARKETS (WHICH THESE WINES SHOULD BE ON SHELVES)I SEE THESE MACHINES IN A BYOB RESTAURANT WHERE THIS MAKES IT CONVEINIENT TO ENJOY A GLASS OF WINE WITH MY MEAL. OTHER THAN THAT WHY IN A SUPERMARKET….MMMMMMMM



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