FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick bar owner says the local liquor board is ignoring the fine line between selling and serving booze.

Pam Belles tells The Frederick News-Post she’ll fight a $500 fine it imposed Monday on her downtown tavern, The Cellar Door.

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The case involves an intoxicated man who was allowed to buy drinks for his friends after he was cut off. Witnesses testified he bought a round of shots and handed them out.

The liquor board found that the bar had violated a ban on selling alcohol to an apparently intoxicated person.

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Belles says the board’s interpretation of the law was overly strict.

A neighboring tavern wasn’t penalized for serving booze to the same group that night. The board wasn’t convinced that the intoxicated man bought the drinks.

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