Just over two years ago, a Pennsylvania liquor store unveiled a wine vending machine that is entirely automated. The machine seems to have been a success, and plans were in the works to install many more of these in the state since.
It is a bit bizarre that Pennsylvania would invite these machines as they have some of the strictest alcohol laws in the U.S., previously only selling wine in state-owned shops.
While certainly not foolproof, the vending machine requires a valid ID, a credit card to make payment, and finally a breathalyzer to ensure the beverage is not being sold to a belligerent.
In March of this year though, the state Liquor Control Board pulled the plug on wine vending machines. Surprisingly, the vending machines are not being ousted for safety reasons, but because of some suspect activity between certain politicians and Simple Brands, the company providing the vending machines.