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TABC Cracks Down on Underage Alcohol Sales


The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is cracking down on alcohol sales to minors.

They're called "minor alcohol stings" and during those, a couple of TABC agents will go inside the store with an underage person.

The minor will attempt to purchase alcohol from the store and if they get away with it, the store will be in violation that could result in a fine or suspension of their license.

"At TABC, we believe in voluntary compliance, so the primary goal is to mainly let other retailers know that we conduct these operations very regularly and we expect them to tell their employees how to find something like an obvious minor or a fake ID," said TABC's Public Information Officer, Chris Porter.

The last minor sting was during Spring Break. The TABC conducted about 930 of these undercover scenarios and from those they collected 92 violations.

Earlier this month, the TABC also charged Odessa's Fast Eddie's with brand substitution without consent and was issued a warning.

The TABC went to numerous bars across the state in March and took samples from brand name liquors.

The samples go back to Austin for testing, and in Fast Eddie's case, what was ordered was not what was received.

That came about as part of the TABC's "Operation Bottoms Up." 

Porter said that about 20 other bars across the state of Texas were in violation.

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