Despite Prohibition Law, U.S. Postal Service Might Start Shipping Your Alcohol

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A friendly mailman may soon be delivering your Corona's.

It hasn't been a good year, or three, for the U.S. Postal Service.

Some of us thought they were done for, considering they experience a whopping $16 billion dollar loss in revenue last year and the looming announcement of possibly ending Saturday delivery.

So, what has U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe done to fix this? Well, let's just say he found salvation in good 'ole alcohol.

Donahoe announced in a recent interview with the Associated Press that the company may soon begin delivering alcoholic beverages. And because of how buzzed Americans are, this change has the potential to raise as much as $50 million a year, he says.

"There's a lot of money to be made in shipping beer, wine and spirits," Donahoe told the AP. "We'd like to be in that business."

If everything goes Donahoe's way, the company may soon find itself crawling out of its economic rut by shipping all the alcohol you want, wherever you want.

However, there's a catch.

A pre-Prohibition law currently prohibits the federal postal service from shipping "all spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented or other intoxicating liquors of any kind." It's a surprise this 1909 law has managed to remain in effect given that we no longer have to drink our alcohol in underground taverns or hide our flasks in our corsets out of fear of being arrested and socially shunned.

With a potential $50 million annual revenue, Donahoe told the AP he is adamant on changing this.

Last year the Senate introduced a reform bill that would allow the agency to legally deliver alcohol, with the requirements that the shipments comply with any state laws where the shipment originate and are delivered, and that the recipient of the package is of legal drinking age.

Amidst the company's looming financial insecurity, Donahoe told the AP that shipping alcohol may be the postal service's salvation, but only if the leaders of America approve and pass the reform bill.

So, if you have always dreamed of the day when you could ship a bottle of Patron to your recently graduated nephew through the U.S. Postal Service, maybe you can take this as an opportunity to write to your local congressman and take political action to ensure that you can federally ship your booze.

But until then, keep it classy America. And don't drink and drive.

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Lik Roper
Lik Roper

wait awhile before drinking any carbonated fluids...

mrericsir topcommenter

Who cares?  There's already several services in San Francisco that can get booze to your door in an hour or two.  Unless USPS is going to step up their game, this is a non-starter.


@mrericsir I get your sentiment.  However, if you want a Michigan wine or beer (Michigan produces many different boutique brands of beer and wine) delivered to your Marin County home currently you would be up a creek without a paddle unless it happens to be sold in a local liquor store that happens to deliver.  Change the ban on the USPS shipping booze and barring any state restrictions you can have that out of area boutique brand of beer or wine you discovered on your vacay to Traverse City, MI delivered to you in a three day Priority Mail box for about $15 plus cost of booze.  The reverse is also true, I could have a Sonoma or Napa wine delivered to me in Michigan if the USPS shipping law changes (Michigan just recently repealed its longstanding ban on shipping alcohol via common carrier, IIRC California never had such a law).  Of course if you are in Utah you are still up that creek without a paddle (thanks Mormons . . . yeah right, if this wasn't a moderated public forum I would have some choice words to type here, mostly of the four letter variety, thankfully I don't live in Utah) here but most of the other 49 states would receive benefit from this change.

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