February 15th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s Congress has a stockpile of booze – more than 1,140 bottles – that has been stored in its cellars for years. Legislators, due to a decree, are only allowed to drink wine and no other form of liquor during ceremonial activities, so it would seem the stash won’t be consumed anytime soon.
As a result, Yolanda Acuna of the opposition Citizens Action Party (PAC) has proposed an auction to dispose of the booze and raise money for a charity. Acuna told reporters the auction would be a step to “hopefully say one and for all ‘no’ to the consumption of liquor in the Legislature.”
In Congress’s cellars are 520 bottles of scotch and fine whiskey, 88 bottles of champagne, 82 bottles of rum, 58 bottles of vodka, 7 bottles of cognac, and 305 bottles of wine, amongst others.
“Let’s get rid of once and for all the liquor that has been in the cellars for years and could generate funds for a charity,” Acuna said.
The liquor in the congressional cellars was purchased tax and duty free, and initial estimate put its value at about $14,000, which Acuna proposes be donated to a shelter which looks after children whose parents are incarcerated.
The auction, for which no date has been set, was approved by legislators on Tuesday. The inventory contains bottles that have sat in the cellars for more than 15 years. An execute decree in 2002 prevents the consumption of liquors besides wine in Congress.