PA Walmart shops getting CCTV-enabled, breathalyzin’ wine merchandising machines
Each time know-how is used to unravel an actual drawback, it warms our hearts. It actually does. However when technological perambulations are wanted to work their means round antiquated state liquor legal guidelines (the likes of which have tormented no less than one poor Engadget editor since he reached the age of majority), it simply appears unhappy. For example, it is unlawful to promote alcohol in grocery shops in Pennsylvania, nevertheless it’s not unlawful to put in a merchandising machine that dispenses wine: so long as the consumer is requested to take a breathalyzer check, swipe their state issued ID or Driver License, after which present their mug to a state official sitting someplace in Harrisburg, who’s maintaining a tally of the proceedings by way of CCTV. Easy, proper? Perhaps not, however it does shield the state’s monopoly on liquor gross sales. The Pronto wine merchandising machine is presently solely out there in choose grocery shops within the state, nevertheless it’s simply been introduced that the PA Liquor Management Board has given Walmart preliminary approval to place the issues in a few of their places outdoors of Pittsburgh. We’ll attempt one out ourselves, as quickly as they begin carrying Blue Nun.