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March 27, 2005

Meanwhile, in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Speaking of math errors, how about this? Is 10 equal to, less than, or greater than 19? In Fayetteville, Arkansas, the answer is that 10 is greater than or equal to 19.

Here's the story (via

Among the violations recorded during the checks March 16 and Wednesday was one to Elenita’s Mexican CafĂ©, 701 S. School Ave., for allegedly having a 10-year old child taking orders for adult beverages. "That was the youngest hostess or waitress I’ve ever seen," ABC agent Mike Jones said Friday. "They had a 10-year-old taking orders for the alcohol, but she didn’t serve it. She placed the order with another employee, who later delivered it to the underage (patron)."

With parental consent, a 19-year-old may serve alcohol, he said.
The inspector was there because of a previous visit at which a sale of alcohol to a minor was caught. Maybe this was just an unusually mature 10-year-old. (The owner seems to have been unusually immature.)