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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Baby Accidental Boozer

This one really has me scratching my head and asking WTF????    Somehow the baby pictured below was served alcohol at Applebee's!


Now I will admit, because he's a handsome little guy, he might look a little older than his actual age of 15 months.  But, hey, didn't anyone think to card him??   Or are you going to tell me he slipped the waitress his pacifier in exchange for  a Margarita in his sippy cup?? 

His family was having dinner at an Applebee's at 4:30 in the afternoon (yeah, I know, it was 5:00 somewhere!).  The baby was served a child's meal and what was supposed to be  apple juice in his sippy cup.  He had been nursing that sippy cup for quite a while when his mother noticed he was acting strangely.   She took a sip of his drink and discovered he'd been downing a Margarita!  The parents rushed him to the hospital, where a doctor determined that he had blood alcohol level of 0.10, which exceeds the legal driving limit for an adult.

Fortunately, the toddler is okay and seems to have suffered no ill effects from what must have been a really scary incident for the family.  The Applebee's manager has apologized profusely and the restaurant staff seems to have no clue how this "mistake" could have happened.  Applebee's did state that the error was unacceptable.  (ya' think?) There is no talk of suing the company at this time. (The article from Fox News was published 4/12.)

If that had been my child, I think I'd be suing the pants off them!   Thank God the baby wasn't seriously harmed; when you think about it,  it's not unusual for a teenager to die of alcohol poisoning from ingesting too much.   That threshold must be a whole lot lower for a toddler.   I sure hope heads are rolling at that Applebee's, and that they realize how serious a blunder this was!  Somebody up above must have been watching out for that baby! 

I guess it might be wise for people to take a test sip from their kids cups going forward; especially since this type of "accident" has happened a couple of times before at various Applebee's.  Apparently a five year old was served Long Island Iced Tea when apple juice was requested at an Applebee's in California a couple of years ago.
EVA 

26 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I know! It's so crazy. I talked with the kids in my substance abuse group about this.

melody-mae said...

Oh my goodness...makes me not want to go to applebees with my grandsons! wow-heads should be rolling for sure.

Mizzreviewlady said...

how could anyone serve alcohol in a sippy cup! Applebees is one of my favorite restaurants too...wth!

tsonodablog said...

Gosh I would be livid. And I think you're right. I don't think the little ones' alcohol tolerance could be much at all.
Lordy.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I would be in jail now for what I would have done to the Applebees staff. Completely unacceptable.

River said...

The staff need to be more closely supervised I'd say, and perhaps alcoholic beverages need bigger labels so as not to be mistaken with apple juice.

Brian Miller said...

good lawd...they'd be paying my paycheck for many years to come...

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I'm not litigious by nature, but when it comes to something endangering a small child.....I hope they sue the pants off 'em.

R. J. said...

My middle name is "sue 'em". Sometimes it is the only thing that enforces responsible behavior.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Good grief! I think heads should definitely roll for this and yes, I would sue the pants of them! Those poor parents must have gone through hell. I guess when it's all calmed down they will have every opportunity to sue and I'm sure they'll be inundated with companies offering to help them!!

CJ xx

Stephanie Faris said...

And it happened again. I heard it on the news this morning. This time it was Olive Garden. If I had a young child, I think I'd just bring my own juice!

Healthier And Wealthier said...

Oh my goodness. There are no words. Hadn't heard this. In private homes, yes, unfortunately. Take care,
Sandra

Tam said...

Wow. And "no one knows how this happened" ??? I'm not big on suing but this is serious stuff. And it's happened more than once. Crazy.

Canadian Blend said...

I did some bar tending in college. I once, accidentally, set three Bloody Marys out without any alcohol in them and didn't receive a complaint. I never, however, served anyone 19 years under age.

rosaria said...

I'm questioning the mother for pouring something in the child's cup without tasting it first. I didn't know Applebee served alcohol? Some mess!
I smell a lawsuit.
Remember the year when someone put his own hair in a salad and then tried to sue the restaurant?
Fishy!

EmptyNester said...

That was about the craziest thing I'd ever seen. I guess we are heading for the point where it's going to be risky to walk out in our own yards.

Claudia said...

my goodness...reminds me of my little daughter having some cake with LOTS of schnaps in it...we discovered too late but she loved it...smiles

Al Penwasser said...

No WONDER everyone's happy in the neighborhood.
I am in no way a litigious person; I think we are way too lawsuit crazy in this country. But, in this case, I'd OWN that place. Any idiot who would put liquor in a friggin' sippy cup should be in jail. Wow, how the hell could that happen?

Elenka said...

That poor little baby!
But, what a story he will have to tell! (probably in the 7th grade....7th graders would love that story.)

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: The family was extremely lucky!

Stephanie: Unbelievable!

Tam: It's mind boggling that it could happen at all!

Canadian: No one missed the booze in the Bloody Marys?? Amazing.

Lazarus said...

If you can order and only have to pay for a kid's drink and get booze at Applebee's, then I'm all for it!

The Frisky Virgin said...

How ignorant do you have to be to put alcohol in a baby's cup?! I don't get it. How does that happen?!

Reeni said...

I can't believe there aren't some kind of repercussions for Applebees for this! I'm glad the baby was all right!

The Falconer's Wife said...

Hi Eva,

What a scary story!

Thanks for visiting my site today and introducing me to your awesome blog!

The Falconer's Wife

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: I can't understand how it could happen, either!

Falconer'sWife: Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for following!

Pat said...

This is one of the craziest things I've ever heard of! And the fact that it's happened MORE THAN ONCE at the same franchise is UNBELIEVABLE! I certainly would sue!