Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officers spend a lot of time harassing college students, busting up high school key parties, and arresting bar employees. However, TABC agents know how to have a good time. In fact, TABC agent routinely work undercover at Dallas strip clubs buying lap dances and beer with your tax dollars!
I filed an open records request last year to learn more about this undercover operation. To my surprise these strip clubs stings are not a TABC employee morale boosting program- this is considered law enforcement.
Nothing makes blogging material like a follow up story. So, I filed a follow up open records request to check in on the TABC strib club subsidy program.
I didn’t receive as much information as my first request. For example, last time I received offense reports where the officers detailed the dangerous crimes they were investigated (improper lap dancing!). I may file a follow up open records request. Until then, here is what I learned.
A day with TABC and your tax dollars- 11/8/2007
Whevern TABC wants to use taxpayer money on lapdances, they are required to fill out a “purchase of evidence” report. I received some POE reports from November 8, 2007.
On 11/8/2007 undercover TABC agentsmanaged to infiltrate several Dallas area strip clubs. Armed with over $400 in taxpayer funds these officers bravely purchased 21 beers, and 9 lap dances. TABC is working hard to protect Dallasites from the lap dance menace; is this a good use of tax payer resources?
Dallas has one of the highest crime rates in the country. Real crime should take priority over inventing crime at strip clubs.