Postal Service's New Pitch: Let's Deliver Booze

USPS wants to get into the beer, wine, and spirits industry

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 2, 2013 4:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – The postal service is so strapped for cash it's kicking around unpopular ideas like ending Saturday delivery, ending door-to-door delivery, and, of course, raising prices. But we're guessing the latest proposal floated by USPS chief Patrick Donahoe won't be unpopular at all: He wants to let mail carriers deliver booze of all kind. "There's a lot of money to be made in shipping beer, wine, and spirits," Donahoe tells AP. "We'd like to be in that business." Mailing alcohol via USPS is currently against the law, but Donahoe figures the agency could pull in $50 million a year. Given that it was $16 billion in the red last year, every bit counts.

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