Three restaurants cited for alcohol sales to minors

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By Beth Braden

A city-wide sting to catch businesses breaking the law resulted in three misdemeanor citations last week.

“I was contacted by the ABC (Alcohol Beverage Commission) and they set up a date to come up,” said LaFollette Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries.

On Jan. 16, the Alcoholic Beverage Commission visited all businesses in LaFollette with a beer permit to make sure IDs were being checked.

At Ninja Habachi, the ABC agent and an underage female ordered a beer. While the minor’s ID was checked, the restaurant still allegedly gave her a 12 ounce Bud Light.

When the duo visited China Town restaurant, the minor was once again served a 12 ounce beer despite identification saying she was under 21, the report said.

The scene repeated itself at Los Cumbres Mexican restaurant when the minor allegedly ordered two 12 ounce beers and her ID was never checked.

Each restaurant was cited for the sale of alcohol to a minor and will have to appear in court on Jan. 25.

This was China Town’s second violation, according to Jeffries.