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.