Local Restaurants Busted for Serving Minors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Local Restaurants Busted for Serving Minors

If you order an alcoholic beverage at any Lubbock restaurant, be prepared to show your ID. Area restaurants are on alert after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission caught three Lubbock establishments, during an undercover sting, serving minors Wednesday night.

The three restaurants face a ten day suspension. During that time, they would not be able to serve alcohol or they could pay a $1,500 fine and continue to serve alcohol. TABC agents say most restaurants choose to pay the fine.

NewsChannel 11 joined TABC as they conducted an undercover sting back in April 2005. Here's what happens.

TABC agents send in a minor, tells them to order alcohol, and show their ID. Last night, two servers gave the minor alcohol after checking the ID.

TABC Agent Harry Schreffler says the minor had a distinct underage ID card and there should have been no mistake. "People under 21, the format of the ID is vertical not horizontal. If you see that, you need to make sure you look over it before selling to that person. If should say in red letters, under 21 and to what date," says Schreffler.

There was another instance were the ID was not checked at all. Schreffler says he is still investigating. He has not released the names of the restaurants or the names of the servers.

The case will be turned over to the district attorneys office next week. In the meantime, you will probably see restaurants inspecting ID's more thoroughly.

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