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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Aug 6, 2013 4:18 PM CDT
Over two-thirds of the postal services budget red ink comes from the onerous and ill-considered 2006 law called the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), which created the pre-funding mandate. The PAEA was created by Republicans intent on killing a vital government service for the sake of proving that government can't work. By making the public believe that government services are underfunded and poorly managed, Republicans can force more cuts and eventually privatize services altogether, handing over public goods to private corporations that enrich a select few at the expense of many. Rep. Issa is now using the USPS budget shortfall that the Republican-sourced PAEA created as a reason to implement changes to the postal service that will make it totally uncompetitive with services like FedEx and UPS.
Aug 5, 2013 9:32 AM CDT
EXCELLENT! Prohibition is over, & we need to grab ahold of some common sense.
Aug 3, 2013 8:12 PM CDT
A pastor friend came up with an excellent solution. Merge the USPS, the Mormons, The Jehovah's Witness, and your paper carriers. A smashing partnership. "Hello mam and sir, do you know the kingdom of God is at hand. Did you know Joseph Smith is the real savior of the world? Oh, here's your mail and your paper."