Pa. Gets Vending Machines —for Wine

Finally, you can buy alcohol out of a kiosk

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 8, 2010 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Thanks to complicated and antiquated liquor laws, it was quite difficult to get a bottle of wine in Pennsylvania…until now. The state recently introduced the nation’s first wine kiosks, ie, alcoholic vending machines. Normally, wine cannot be sold in a supermarket—only a state-owned store—but thanks to these machines, residents can now buy wine alongside their other groceries by simply swiping an ID, looking into a camera, and blowing into a breath sensor.

It’s a little more complicated than that (a state employee remotely checks your face to make sure it matches your ID) but the process only takes 20 seconds, officials tell the AP. If the kiosks are successful in two pilot stores—and consumers seem to like them—they could be placed in about 100 others. Of course, that still doesn’t mean you can use the machines on Sundays or holidays…and it’ll cost you an extra $1 convenience fee.

In this June 25, 2010 photo, Jacqueline Love purchases her first bottle of wine from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's self-serve wine kiosk at a Giant food store, in Harrisburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)
In this June 25, 2010 photo, Jacqueline Love selects her first bottle of wine from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's self-serve wine kiosk at a Giant food store, in Harrisburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)
In this June 25, 2010 photo, shoppers walk past the wine selection offerings from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's self-serve wine kiosk at a Giant food store in Harrisburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)
In this June 25, 2010 photo, a shopper inspects the wine offerings from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's self-serve wine kiosk at a Giant food store, in Harrisburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)
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(Liquor board) members are clearly detached from reality if they think these machines offer any value to the consumer.
- Keith Wallace, president and founder of The Wine School of Philadelphia...who himself might be a bit detached from what consumers want

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