The risk-benefit analysis of doorstep booze delivery


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Friend’s sharing cocktails.

Ashonti Ford, Reporter

Some feel there is a lot to weigh when making a sound decision on if food delivery apps should be allowed to add alcohol to their delivery service.

However, as a person over the age of 21, my only follow-up question is – will the lid on the to-go cup ruin the salt on the rim of my pineapple ginger martini?

The zen and self-reflecting phase of quarantine is over and the scare of COVID-19 being right next door has forced us to search for ways to self-entertain.

Delivery apps like Postmates, Uber Eats and DoorDash help to fill that void, but with a new normal comes new questions.

Many of these questions we thought we left in our childhood\; “can we go outside to play with our friends?” or, “Is it okay to go to the fridge again?” and “Do I have to take a shower every day?”

How you have answered these questions, specifically the one about showering – has no doubt taught you new things about yourself.

Now, where do we stand on food delivery services dropping alcohol off on doorsteps, without checking identification?

A recent article in the Washington Post said the ‘no-contact’ drop-off due to the stay at home order, has caused a surge in alcohol deliveries to minors in the state of California.

However, these relaxed restrictions are against state rules and are seen as a criminal offense for both the delivery app and the restaurant.

This is starting to feel like that phase mom went through when, if one sibling got in trouble – we all suffered.

If delivery services are not going to do their due diligence in ensuring they’re not getting 13-year-old “Billy” drunk behind closed doors, then I guess none of us should have the opportunity to enjoy Chili’s two-for-one martinis in our backyards.

I’m sure by now slushy “Susan” who can be seen protesting outside with no mask on, is now making a sign that will read “Give the kid a beer! He ain’t driving nowhere!”

A sound observation Susan, but with the heavy task educators have in keeping their students engaged, we don’t need 13-year-old Billy spiking his Capri Sun before he hops on his class Zoom session.

On the bright side, bars are already opening in most states and while California is not on that list, our time will come.

In the meantime, have some fun with online bartending 101 tips, it could be a hobby that someday makes you the life of the party.