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Friday, August 2, 2013

America's USPS Beer Blast

It's International Beer Day, gentle readers! Are you knocking back a few? After all, it's also, thank God, Friday as well.

Well here's some good news from The Raw Story: The US Post Office is considering mailing alcoholic products. Reporter Arturo Garcia wrote:

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is considering adding alcohol delivery as a way to offset a projected 2013 deficit of $15 billion while also planning to phase door-to-door delivery out over the next decade.

“There’s a lot of money to be made in shipping beer, wine and spirits,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told the Associated Press on Thursday. “We’d like to be in that business.”

Donahoe said to the AP that adding flat-rate delivery service for alcoholic beverages could raise as much as $50 billion for the agency. The 21st Century Postal Service Act passed by the Senate but not the House in 2012, allows the USPS to deliver such drinks in accordance with state regulations and requires recipients to show identification proving they are at least 21 years old at the time of delivery.

This sounds promising. However, who can wait for his/her booze to be delivered by snail mail?

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