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Pregnancy test vending machine... in a BAR?

  • Fetal alcohol syndrome prevention group installs dispenser in women's restroom
  • Sign on machine reads ‘Could you be? Test and see!’

A bar in Mankato, Minnesota, is now selling pregnancy tests in a vending machine. HLN affiliate WCCO says a non-profit group called "Healthy Brains for Children" put the dispenser in the ladies' room at Pub 500. A sign on the machine says "Think before you drink." Pregnancy tests from the dispenser cost three dollars each. 

The group’s founder is a teacher who wants to stop prenatal exposure to alcohol. Jody Allen Crowe says this is the world’s first dispenser for pregnancy tests, but he’d love to see them everywhere. The target audience?  Women who might not yet realize they're pregnant when they embark on a night at the club.

"I think it's a little weird," Pub 500 patron Crystal Dervetski told WCCO. She laughed and added, “I would think someone who cared about that would check before they came to the bar.” 

Pub 500 proprietor, Tom Fredrik is keeping an open mind. "Humor is a good educator, as well," he says. "At first you might think it's strange, but then you realize it makes sense."

The CDC’s latest report says about a third of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. They say that number’s been consistent for the last 30 years.

No one is required to test before they tipple, but once they do, "It's either a cocktail or a kiddie cocktail from that point on," said bar patron Trish Bordonaro.


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