December 09, 2010
My Kind of Vending Machine

Pennsylvania has decided to expand its elaborate vending machine beer and wine machine into Walmart stores. I actually saw one of these things on a Modern Marvels show dedicated to vending machines. It's an incredibly elaborate answer to the incredibly elaborate problem posed by PA's drinking laws. That the whole problem could be solved quickly and cheaply by changing the laws seems not to have occurred to anyone. Well, anyone important, at any rate.

Posted by scott at December 09, 2010 06:34 AM

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If you changed the laws all that would happen is kindergartners would start drinking and driving, which would lead to old ladies being run over. That's the kind of anarchy you're advocating with your ill thought-out "change the laws" nonsense.

Why do you hate the children?

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on December 9, 2010 08:41 AM

Liquor and beer-distributor licenses in PA are jealously guarded and handed down as part of estates, and no I am not joking.

Every time someone suggests changing the laws, the entire liquor lobby gets together to scream until everyone agrees to leave it alone.

I'm actually surprised that the copyright freetards haven't gotten involved, because this is *exactly* what they're claiming copyright leads to; innovation and consumer choice stifled so that a few monopoly-holders can maintain their income.

Posted by: DensityDuck on December 9, 2010 06:37 PM

For the copyright types that only matters when it's something that they can steal download for free. Things like software, music, or movies. Things like physical products that involve manufacturing are beyond their comprehension. This doesn't hit their radar because they'd have to pay for it one way or the other - anything else would be actual stealing, not just pretend stealing.

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on December 9, 2010 07:16 PM
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