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Teens Busted for Drinking in an Indiana Bar

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Nearly 80 minors were busted over the weekend, some between the ages of 13 and 14, during an early morning raid at a bar in Indianapolis. Authorities say that while they were shocked to find so many underage drinkers, they are more confused as to how the bar owner and the parents could have allowed such a derelict scene to ever take place.

Unfortunately, police say that incidents like the one at the Early Bird Pancake House and Grill is just one of many all-night establishments that appears to indiscreetly cater to nightclubbing, booze-thirsty teenagers, when the sun goes down.

It’s all about making more money, says Sergeant William Carter from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Nuisance and Abatement Unit. “If you’re a pancake house, there’s not a whole lot of money selling pancakes,” he said. “If I can push my tables into the back and become a nightclub or tavern, I can make the money selling alcohol.

The party at the Pancake House Bar and Grill was being advertised all over Facebook as a birthday party for a 13-year-old girl yet, the invitation said that all guests needed to be at least 21 years of age. According to reports, local law enforcement and state excise managed to shut the party down within an hour of being made aware of the invitation on Facebook.

However, some of the teens that were busted say that they had to pay a $10 cover charge to get in and had no idea that it was a 21 and over party. “We thought it’s a party for teenagers. When I walked in, I just saw teenagers,” said one of the teens cited that night. “And then at like 1 a.m., the police came in. … I didn’t know it was for 21 and over. ”

Authorities say that the person responsible for the party was cited for not having a dance hall permit, allowing minors to loiter and allowing minors to violate curfew. As of right now, there is nothing being reported in regards to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Even thought the owner of the Pancake House Bar and Grill was out of town during the incident, authorities say he still stands to lose his liquor license when the case is reviewed by the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission in May.

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