USPS will be shipping beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages if they get the okay.
FedEx and UPS are already shipping alcohol, and now USPS wants in on it. Unfortunately in order to join the fun, Congress would have to overturn a 100-year-old law. Said law prohibits the shipping of “spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented or other intoxicating liquors of any kind.”
Why does USPS want to start shipping alcohol? The postal delivery service has tried almost everything to raise more money, including selling fashion clothing and taxing emails, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. Their money woes just won’t go away, as they have lost billions of dollars since the start of 2012, even exhausting their credit from the US Treasury.
California Republican Darrell Issa reportedly supports the idea of USPS shipping beer, even though the new House bill currently working to support the business doesn’t cover shipping alcoholic beverages.
The USPS is so desperate to find a way to raise money that they had planned to stop delivering on Saturdays, but the plans have been reversed since then, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. They claim that their major financial problems at this point are stemming from the need to pour $5 billion annually into a health care retirement fund.
Complications involved with the USPS shipping beer and wine would involve the necessity to create a set of rules so that nobody under the age of 21 can accept the shipment. A possible solution proposed would be to require an adult to sign for the package on delivery, and we imagine one would be asked to show ID to verify age. After all, not everybody looks their age.
Various state laws would also need to be taken into consideration. Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma have made it illegal for out-of-state shipments of alcoholic beverages to be sent directly to consumers, for example.
While many would applaud the idea of USPS shipping beer, there are a lot of legal issues to go through before it can happen.
What do you think of the USPS shipping beer and wine?