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Published October 31, 2012, 09:34 PM

With costumes concealing identities, bars stepping up ID checks

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The burden on bars tonight is huge. People out to party are decked out in costumes, and likely don't look like themselves.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The burden on bars tonight is huge. People out to party are decked out in costumes, and likely don't look like themselves.

Responsibility rests on the bar. Fargo Police say even with one minor served, and the business would likely lose its liquor license, and source of income.

So it's crucial for security to make sure they're not tricked.

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At the Old Broadway, bouncers are checking IDs. And then double-checking.

Servers are too. Making sure these costumed customers aren't using fakes.

PJ Smith, Nightclub Manager, Old Broadway: "The eyes are the easiest things to look at, unless they have crazy contacts on. Height and weight."

There's a lot of pressure on the OB, hosting one of the hottest Halloween parties in town.

It forces them to make people take off masks, remove makeup. Even if it means losing a customer. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Smith: "We gotta protect ourselves as well, and other people. Minors can't come to the bar, you have to be 21."

And for those minors trying to trick security staff - beware. Bars call Halloween amateur hour. They're trained to pick you out. It usually only takes is one question.

Smith: "People panic as soon as you start asking questions a lot of times. So you know right away.”

Besides losing a liquor license, if some sort of accident happened after a minor drank at the establishment, it would face fines too.

A costly consequence that bars will go to great lengths to avoid.

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