Pub 500 in Mankato, Minnesota has reportedly become the world’s first bar to install a pregnancy test vending machine in the ladies’ restroom.
For a $3 fee, women can nip into a cubicle and determine whether they are pregnant, reports the New York Times.
Jody Allen Crowe, founder of the nonprofit organisation Healthy Brains for Children, who installed the machine, said his aim is to reduce the number of women drinking while pregnant.
Crowe said, “The amount of prenatal exposure to alcohol is really not something people talk about because it’s such a guilt-ridden type of discussion.”
Landlord Tom Frederick said, “We thought it was a strange idea at first, but very quickly came to the realisation that this could be beneficial.” In the first month of use, a few dozen tests were sold.
Some have objected to Crowe’s zero tolerance approach, but experts in the UK recently stood by claims that it’s still best to avoid alcohol while pregnant.