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TABC cracks down on businesses selling alcohol to minors

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SAN ANTONIO - The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is cracking down on businesses caught selling alcohol to minors. Undercover stings were carried out during Spring Break to catch violators.

The bartenders at Mad Dogs British Pub stay busy serving alcohol.

“All of our staff is TABC-certified. From the host to the door staff, anyone that touches alcohol,” said Jamie Maldonado, manager of Mad Dogs British Pub.

Maldonado says all employees strictly check ID's.

“They caught a lot at the door. They didn't even make it in the door,” Maldonado said.

It's a practice not every business takes seriously.

In recent spring break stings, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission went undercover visiting more than 100 businesses in San Antonio.

“Out of those 122, only four sold to our minors,” said Lieutenant Raul Salinas with TABC.

Minor stings are done year round.

Over the course of a year, out of 1,044 minor stings, 57 violations were issued to businesses giving Bexar County a 95% compliance rate.

“What it's saying is that our retailers are doing a great job checking those ids’ and making sure they are not putting alcohol in the hands of the people under the age of 21,” said Salinas.

The goal is to have every business that sells alcohol in compliance.

The next big task for TABC is cracking down during Fiesta.

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