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Cape Girardeau City Council talks about underage drinking

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau police want to put underage drinking on the rocks, so they are proposing changes to city ordinance that wouldn't allow those under 21 to enter a bar.

It will only affect certain businesses, mainly bars. Right now, it is only in a discussion phase but the city council discussed it at the study session before the meeting on Monday.

A place that would be impacted by this is Rude Dog in downtown Cape Girardeau. Owner Mark Weber said they are one step ahead of the city because they do not allow minors inside their business.

He said it was a decision they made a long time ago and from a business perspective, he's glad they did.

"You don't have to keep a bird's eye view of the place and constantly be checking to see if he's sneaking a drink or she's sneaking a drink or if he bought two for her and one for him, we don't have to worry about that," Weber said.

Under the proposal, it would impact businesses that 35 percent of sales come from alcohol. In addition, servers would also have to go through a training and receive a certification.

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