Run out of alcohol, and don’t fancy driving to get more? A new Wellington delivery service promises to bring it to your door within 45 minutes.
Quenched, founded by friends David Loveridge, Tom Brown and Anika Rani, officially launched last week – but already it has come under fire for providing an easy way for drunk people to “refuel”.
It’s a lot better option than people driving to the bottle store!
New Zealand Medical Association chairman Stephen Child said he deplored any move that made it easier to access alcohol in a way that could lead to abuse.
All alcohol can lead to abuse, so I presume Dr Child wants all vineyards closed down?
However, Loveridge said Quenched aimed to provide a convenient and fast service, not to encourage irresponsible drinking.
“Everything is legal, and we definitely don’t want to encourage bad drinking.”
The delivery team checked buyers’ identities on arrival, and would only hand over the order to the person who made it, he said.
If the clients were underage or intoxicated, the order would not be delivered. Instead, the customers would received a full refund, but be charged a $20 callout fee.
“It’s been quite good. We’ve been run off our feet, which is fantastic.”
The idea to start up an alcohol delivery business started with a run and ended with a beer.
“My mate Tom and I went for a long run and we were pretty knackered when we got home, so we got a couple of stubbies but before we had showers we wanted another one, but we didn’t have any left.
“And we couldn’t walk because we were sore from the run. We needed a solution to that problem, and that is what we did.”
I think it could prove very popular. Yes there will be some who will drink to excess (and do so regardless of this service) but for many it will just be an extra convenience, and reduce the temptation for someone to drink drive.