Those much ballyhooed wine kiosks in Pennsylvania will be out of order through early January 2011. There is no clear indication as to when the they will be functional again.
The machines — nearly 50 spread out at groceries stores around the state started to malfunction before Christmas.
Auditor General Jack Wagner has promised an exhaustive review and audit of the machines and the arrangement that the Liquor Control Board entered into with Simple Brands llc.
Simple Brands, located near Philadelphia, was the only company to bid on the state’s kiosk contract.
“This audit has been given the highest priority and we expect this engagement to be a constructive one whereby all entities work together to identify and report problems, concerns, and solutions related to our audit objectives,” Wagner said. “Taxpayers deserve to know that their tax dollars are being spent appropriately and that programs are meeting their intended purposes.”
The kiosks were rolled out this summer with much fanfare as the LCB touted that Pennsylvania was the first state to get the fully automated dispensers that are supposed to deliver loads of convenience for customers and tons of additional cash for the state.
Rock The Capital reached out to Simple Brands early this evening and is awaiting a response.
The LCB operates 625 retail stores throughout the commonwealth and is the largest purchaser of wine and spirits in the United States.
(For history on those broken kiosks, walk this way with Rock The Capital.)
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