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.