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Many jurisdictions do not allow alcoholic drinks to
be delivered, especially "out of hours".
However, this can be circumvented.
The customer needs to register with the local
franchise and (this is the important part) pays for a
notional number of items which the outlet
minimal stock of.
The registration agreement states that the outlet
will deliver the customer's property, or an
acceptable substitiute, on request.
The customer contacts the outlet during its hours
of operation (possibly 24/7), gives their reference
number and says "please deliver my order".
They are informed that the store is actually out of
stock of that item, and are there any acceptable
This is then picked and delivered.
Importantly, the transaction has already taken
place; payment in full has been made and the
goods are already legally the property of the
customer. All the outlet is doing is delivering it.
Of course, the customer can request a refund at
[Voice, Sep 02 2013]
Although usually stored with end user, this is not a pre-requisite for the system [4whom, Sep 03 2013]
||[ ] Now all you have to do is convince the people that aren't organized enough to have enough beer in the fridge for the weekend, to pay in advance for a case of beer plus delivery.
||I was just thinking similar (though far less elaborate) thoughts on this Sunday evening of a long weekend. Correction, it's actually Monday and clearly I need this service pronto.
||Oh, come now, [8th]. Shirley you've realized by now
that the two arms of government you simply cannot
evade by means of shamduggery are the tax collector
and the morality police.
||There was one delivery company in the phonebook at one
time that would deliver alcohol (cigarettes, convenience
store items and fastfood) at anytime from a private stock
they must have kept. It was an easy way to get booze and
smokes before legal age, afterhours, and on holidays. If
one can build a clientele through word of mouth without
informing the police, I would consider it a pretty easy way
to make a lot of money, by selling things at heavily
||A close relative delivered pizzas for a couple years and made big tips from a weekly card game. They ordered booze at the same time as the pizzas by asking to talk directly to the driver who would be coming out so he could get accurate directions to the house. After a time or two to develop trust it worked out very well.
||Vendor held stock, old as the hills.