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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 12/01/2011

DeMorning Links: Bottle service

The bar at Josephine. (Astrid Riecken - For The Washington Post)
Here are some of the alleged perks for city alcohol inspectors: “2 Ciroc bottles & 2 Ciroc peach bottles” — liquor that’s worth $1,280 at the downtown nightclub Josephine, where waitress Jermia Kelley works. She says that’s what inspector Jermaine Matthews got for free last week — the same night a vicious fight broke out at the club. Kelley and her lawyer, Jimmy Bell, tell the Post’s Nikita Stewart that the incident has “brought to light a standard practice in the club industry: giving gifts to [Alcohol Beverage Control] inspectors ... to gain favor and to avoid being cited for such problems as being over capacity.” Matthews, who denies the charges, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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