Minnesota Bar Now Selling Pregnancy Tests
Ladies who are not quite sure if they should order that Appletini after work or have a glass of merlot with dinner will be glad to know that they can figure it all out at Pub 500 in Mankato, MN; the bar just became the first in the world to sell pregnancy tests.
Unplanned pregnancies are not anyone’s idea of a good time, and neither is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, so for a small charge on a credit or debit card, patrons can now purchase a pregnancy test and the use of the bar’s facilities to make sure that there’s not a tiny person growing inside of them.
Pregnancy tests might seem to make more sense at college bars or on the Vegas strip, but a recent study found that the women at highest risk of drinking while pregnant are young professionals with a college degree and household incomes above $50,000. In other words, not the binge drinking set. The man who created the pee-on-a-stick machine, Jody Allen Crowe, says Mankato—a town of about 40,000 people just southwest of Minneapolis is a perfect test market.
According to Crowe, they’ve sold “a few dozen” pregnancy tests in the vending machine’s first month of operation, which is no surprise; at just $3, the price is less than what most pregnancy tests cost at retail stores, with an added plus of not having to make eye contact with the mortified 16-year-old Walgreens clerk. Fun fact: People will go to great lengths to avoid embarrassing purchases, and so pregnancy tests routinely top the list of most shoplifted products.
No word yet on if this dispenser is coming to a watering hole near you, but, just a thought: Investing in more condom dispensers could cut down on the need for pregnancy test dispensers.