Representatives of several stores offering liquor delivery told The Times that they allow their customers to pay at the door.
With delivery and Internet sales, there's also fear of underage drinking.
A delivery person has little incentive to refuse to turn over alcohol if the customer is under 21, said Jim Mosher, senior policy advisor for CDM Group, a healthcare consulting company that works with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on programs to prevent underage drinking.
"If you want to have an underage drinking party, well, that's the way to do it," Mosher said.
In one study conducted last year, underage drinkers could buy alcohol online in 45% of attempts.
At Hollywood-area liquor stores, operators insist that they check IDs and don't deliver to people under 21.
Yamini acknowledged that teenagers could theoretically try to order alcohol from Pink Dot. But he said his store hasn't had any problems with underage buyers because everything stays legal "as long as you check ID" — which his employees are trained to do. Other retailers echoed his comments.
For small stores, offering alcohol delivery is still an appealing way to attract and retain customers despite the possible pitfalls.
Scott Teruya opened Silverlake Liquor three years ago as the economy was struggling to recover from the recession. He said delivery is a vital part of the customer service that has helped his business pick up since.
"It's a good time to be in this business," he said. "I can't complain."