Wine vending machines have debuted in Pennsylvania. The Associated Press reports that the machines are being tested inside two grocery stores before a potential rollout by the state's Liquor Control Board.
The self-serve kiosks require a customer to swipe his or her driver's license, smile for a camera and blow into a breathalyzer. After that, you're free to select a bottle of wine from one of the four refrigerator-sized cases.
Pennsylvania has some of the most complicated drinking laws in the country. AP explains:
Individuals can buy wine and liquor for home consumption only in state-owned stores staffed by public employees. Private beer distributors sell cases and kegs only. Licensed corner stores, delis, bars and restaurants can sell beer to go, but only up to two six-packs per customer.I have never had to think about drinking as much as when I've visited a friend in Philadelphia. Putting a party together can be a pain in the ass. But in this case, Pennsylvania might be ahead of the curve.