Monday, July 19, 2010

Public Reaction to Wine Kiosks

About a month into a trial run of wine kiosks at grocery stores, reviews are mixed.
Wine kiosks have been inside two Harrisburg-area grocery stores for almost a month now, and the Liquor Control Board says they’re a big success, with an average of 80 bottles sold each day.
But some of the customers testing the new machines out aren’t so sure.
Several find the breathalyzer test too intrusive. A customer can’t buy wine if his or her breath-alcohol level is above .02.
Nina Yochum says she probably won’t use the kiosks again.

"I’ve never gone through so much trouble for a bottle of wine before. I don’t know. I don’t know if this is going to go over or not. It’s kind of a hassle."

Eyeing one of the machines, Harrisburg resident Paul Boyer says he’d rather have seen the state change its laws, and just let grocery stores sell wine.

"Why don’t you just put it out on the shelves like all the other states? We always have to do something a little bizarre."

After buying a bottle, Tom Bauers said he’s happy to see the kiosks, but he’s worried the ID scans and breathalyzer tests might turn off customers.

"It’s a lot of hoops. It’s a lot of hoops. It is a step in the right direction."

The machines will be introduced in Western Pennsylvania grocery stores in late August, and should be at locations across the state by the end of September.

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