According to The York Dispatch, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has announced plans to permit the sale of wine in grocery store vending machines. The vending machines will be temperature-controlled and users just need their “biometric readings” done to prove they are 21. No problem! I had three of them last weekend. Plus, those who want to buy this wine have to register and pay with a credit card or a PLCB gift card. The PLCB assures us that these kiosks will not be on street corners or bus stops like Pepsi machines. Heavens, no. These kiosks will be exclusively restricted to places where you can already buy wine. Apparently the check-out people’s union really pissed off the PLCB. This seems like a veiled attempt to screw them out of a couple jobs rather than an attempt to introduce anything at all functional or convenient. Maybe I’m wrong – and if so, please enlighten me. Why would anyone want to do this? Why can’t they just put the wine behind a counter or in a liquor room?
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