State pops the cork on two wine kiosks

State pops the cork on two wine kiosks

There are 27 comments on the InYork story from Jun 25, 2010, titled State pops the cork on two wine kiosks. In it, InYork reports that:

Grocery shoppers will now be able to buy wine at two self-service kiosks in the Harrisburg area now that a state pilot program has kicked off.

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Big r

Harleysville, PA

#1 Jun 25, 2010
I used this kiosk at giant. It was cool like something from the future.
Rob H

Elizabethtown, PA

#2 Jun 25, 2010
Has anyone questions the hygiene of blowing into this tube?
Rob H

Elizabethtown, PA

#3 Jun 25, 2010
Never mind, answered my own question. From the PLCB website

"Is the breathalyzer sanitary and safe to use?

Best-in-class breath alcohol testing technology is integrated into the kiosk in a way that makes it safe and easy to use. The breath test is expected to take a few seconds to complete, and can be completed accurately with a breath sample provided at a distance of up to 12 inches from the measurement panel. At no time must the consumer come into contact with the breath test device itself."
Frank M

Cockeysville, MD

#4 Jun 25, 2010
This is the dumbest ass thing I've ever heard of in my life.
Big r

Harleysville, PA

#5 Jun 25, 2010
There is no tube . You just blow down on the bottom of the screen. Have you ever used a pay phone or a water fountain.
Larry G

Myrtle Beach, SC

#6 Jun 25, 2010
This is absolutly crazy. I live in a state where you can purchase all the wine or beer you want in any grocery store. I really think that you people in PA need to vote the PLCB out of business. I showed this story to my neighbors, they are still laughing
DARK STAR

Mount Wolf, PA

#7 Jun 25, 2010
That's the way It should be In this 3rd world
socialist nut bin. Beer & wine for sale everywhere. There was more freedom In Pa. In
the 18th century.
Yep

York, PA

#8 Jun 25, 2010
Larry G wrote:
This is absolutly crazy. I live in a state where you can purchase all the wine or beer you want in any grocery store. I really think that you people in PA need to vote the PLCB out of business. I showed this story to my neighbors, they are still laughing
Welcome to PA! Keeping prohibition in style since the very beginning.
Lady Teal

York, PA

#9 Jun 25, 2010
A family member has brought up the point that by inserting your drivers license into a government run machine, you are allowing the state (GOVERNMENT) to track your alcohol use. This information can be used against you, like with government run health care. Not only that, but what happens if a machine malfunctions? Do they keep your license?

Sorry, I'll just buy my wine the conventional way. And if this becomes the only way to buy alcohol in the state of PA, I'll just buy it in another state.
DARK STAR

Mount Wolf, PA

#10 Jun 26, 2010
Lady Teal wrote:
A family member has brought up the point that by inserting your drivers license into a government run machine, you are allowing the state (GOVERNMENT) to track your alcohol use. This information can be used against you, like with government run health care. Not only that, but what happens if a machine malfunctions? Do they keep your license?
Sorry, I'll just buy my wine the conventional way. And if this becomes the only way to buy alcohol in the state of PA, I'll just buy it in another state.
That's what smart people do, stick your finger In the eye of the socialist toad and
buy out of state.
AVB

United States

#11 Jun 26, 2010
What happens if you are from one of the 29 states that don't have a magnetic strip on the license? We all know vending machines work perfectly 100% of the time so this is just a great idea from the same folks who paid a consulting group over 3 million dollars to come up with a name change of the stores from "Wine & Spirits" to "Fine Wine & Good Spirits" Sell off the PLCB and bring PA into the 1980's at least.
Chad

York, PA

#12 Jun 26, 2010
What an incredible invasion of privacy. Leave it to backwoods PA to think of something so moronic. And hello, now you have to pay for machines AND a state worker to verify people, how does that make sense? You say its for convenience? Uhhh no, convenience would be just going to a liquor store and buying beer (SIX PACKS) and alcohol in any quantity or variety I want, all in one place like any normal state. No thanks on the virtual strip search, ill go back to my normal routine which is buying all my beer in Maryland.
Juan Numero Uno

Littlestown, PA

#14 Jun 26, 2010
Larry G wrote:
This is absolutly crazy. I live in a state where you can purchase all the wine or beer you want in any grocery store. I really think that you people in PA need to vote the PLCB out of business. I showed this story to my neighbors, they are still laughing
Let your neighbors laugh all they want. Our state in raking in the big bucks.
Brice

York, PA

#15 Jun 26, 2010
Juan Numero Uno wrote:
<quoted text>Let your neighbors laugh all they want. Our state in raking in the big bucks.
LOL. Try again. Our state is BROKE!! That's why it takes Rendell forever to come up with the State Budget every year. PA is BROKE! You can see it throughout the entire state.. Look at the roads, highways, bridges. Look at how PA is such a control state in order to gain more money. And, it still doesn't work.

Maryland is actually the richest state in the U.S. right now. No budget problems, no taxes on half the stuff PA taxes, and their highways and roads are ALMOST flawless. Maybe we should take some pointers from our neighboring state.

P.S. Maryland drivers still suck tho. SLOW LANE IS TO THE RIGHT!! But, love their state.
unknown

AOL

#16 Jun 26, 2010
thats interesting but i saw no coverage of the suv that hit 2 kids off there bikes in front of brairwood golf course i saw that as i was driving down 30 on the 23 but i guess wine is more important then the well being of 2 childern
unknown

AOL

#17 Jun 26, 2010
that is interesting but i see no coverage of the fact that 2 kids got thrown from there bicycles after a suv hit them in front of brairwood golf course on the 23rd but i guess buying wine is more important than the welfare of todays childeren
itiswhatitis

Stewartstown, PA

#18 Jun 27, 2010
how is this great customer service and customer convenience?
9am - 9PM M-SAT closed Sunday. The State stores are open on Sunday. Does the guy in Harrisburg verifying the photo ID work 12 hour shifts? How many will there be? What happens if he has to go to the john, do you just stand there in front of the stupid machine until he gets back? I'm out of work, where do you apply for this job?
Just think, somebody got paid a lot of money to come up with this idea and other people making even more money said it makes sense, let's dot it.
lorena

York, PA

#19 Jun 27, 2010
awesome! about time the state allows us to buy a drink at the supermarket
Chad

York, PA

#20 Jun 27, 2010
Brice wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL. Try again. Our state is BROKE!! That's why it takes Rendell forever to come up with the State Budget every year. PA is BROKE! You can see it throughout the entire state.. Look at the roads, highways, bridges. Look at how PA is such a control state in order to gain more money. And, it still doesn't work.
Maryland is actually the richest state in the U.S. right now. No budget problems, no taxes on half the stuff PA taxes, and their highways and roads are ALMOST flawless. Maybe we should take some pointers from our neighboring state.
P.S. Maryland drivers still suck tho. SLOW LANE IS TO THE RIGHT!! But, love their state.
Agree w/ everything but the last bit. MD drivers are more aggressive (not always a good thing). PA drivers suck at merging.
Follow the Money

York, PA

#21 Jun 27, 2010
The reason PA has such screwed up alcohol laws is the MONEY. The WHOLESALERS in this state LIKE it this way. Zero competition for beer and wine pricing, and only a few places to stop the trucks and unload MASSIVE quantities at every stop. Higher profit margins for Beer and Wine in PA than in any other state. So much more efficient for the wholesalers to drop 10 cases at a distributor instead of 4 six-packs at every C-store; 20 cases of wine at a State Store instead of 1 case at a grocery store. No wonder the distributors and wholesalers can afford to lobby to keep this system in place. I am really surprised that no one has filed a Federal Unfair Restraint of Trade suit against the PLCB. Hell in this state, we might actually have reached the threshold for Racketeering statutes with this charlie foxtrot system the PLCB has in place and all the graft and corruption that comes with it.

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