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uh oh, Fish House caught selling alcohol to underage minors!

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Employees of at least three local bars and restaurants have been arrested within the past two weeks. The workers were charged with selling alcohol to minors.

Bars and clubs like the Fish House are on their toes after getting visits from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

The three recent arrests happened over the course of three days.

A bartender at the Fish House was arrested on July 18th. Authorities say they caught her serving a rum and coke to an undercover 18-year-old who was working with investigators. The bartender was fired.

Similar arrests happened at the Islander Lounge on Pensacola Peach on the 19th and at Sam's Lounge on Old Corry Field Road on the 20th.

Patrons we spoke with are sympathetic to the businesses.

Jenny Snyder, a Fish House patron, said, "Maybe they should check IDs better but I think it's, you know, it's hard."

Megan McCorkle, a Pensacola native, believes local bars, especially in the downtown area have, "Always been good about carding."

Bartenders we spoke with say authorities were out in force last week at several locations, checking them out.

Buck Mitchell, a spokesman for the Seville Quarter said, "We did the right thing."

Mitchell said the Seville passed the test, explaining that a worker there spotted one of the undercover, underage customers last Thursday and sent them packing.

Bartenders throughout the area, meanwhile, continue to get training so they can stay one step ahead of kids trying to pass fake IDs.

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