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I’ll Have a Bloody Mary and a… Pregnancy Test?

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When you go to the bar, you might expect to have a few drinks, maybe a shot or two, and if you’re lucky, you’ll take someone home with you. For that reason, condom machines aren’t such a strange sight if you’re in a bar restroom. One bar in Minnesota is taking things one step further by selling pregnancy tests in their restrooms.

While the idea sounds really strange at first glance, the bar is trying to keep women from drinking alcohol while pregnant. If they take a simple $3 test before chugging down shots of Patron, they’ll be in the know as to whether or not they should be bellying up to the bar.

The dispenser was put in a couple of months ago, and in the first month it sold about a dozen tests. The question still remains, why put these tests in a bar in a small town in Minnesota? What good does that do?

Reporter Christina Capecchi answered that very question:

While it may seem more apt to vend pregnancy tests in Vegas than Mankato, a college town in southern Minnesota, Mr. Crowe says the classy pub is a fitting location because the women at highest risk of drinking during pregnancy are professionals with disposable incomes and a proclivity for wine at dinner. They have college degrees and their household incomes exceed $50,000, according to a 1998 report in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

On the other hand, if you went out for a night on the town with your girlfriend and she disappeared to the restroom for five minutes, only to come back pregnant, would that kill the mood?


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