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States Seek to Let Teens as Young as 14 Serve Alcohol in Restaurants

Their maturity level may not be able to handle the experience

As a former bartender and current tipped worker, Trupti Patel knows that customers tend to get grabby when there is alcohol involved.

After working in the foodservice industry for more than 10 years, she is accustomed to dealing with drunk customers who get out of hand, especially if they become belligerent or make lewd comments. But the District of Columbia resident finds it disturbing to think of teens trying to handle the same situation.

"It's one thing if a drunk patron wants to scream and yell at me and wants their way. I'm 45, you can scream at me all you want. I'm not scared of you," she said in an interview with States Newsroom. "But you're going to scream and yell at a 14-year-old, a 15-year-old, a 16-year-old? They're not going to handle it the same way."

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