Friday, April 15, 2011

Serving Alcohol Drinks to Toddlers!

Last night on the news I heard of two places that served alcohol drinks to toddlers. This really got to me and I just had to write about it. Yes my kids are a lot older but I do have a two year old great niece. This is why it scares me so much.

The first toddler is only fifteen months old lives in Michigan. The family went to Applebee's for dinner and the toddler was given a alcohol drink in a plastic glass. The waiter didn't ask which drink it was and gave the cup to the child.

The second toddler is two years old and lives in Lakeland, Florida. This family went to Olive Garden for dinner. They ordered a orange juice for the boy and got a tropical sangria instead. The boy drank most of the drink and the waiter came and said that was the wrong drink and left the table very fast. When he came back with the orange juice the mom asked what was in the glass and the waiter told her. The mom was very upset and the manager came to the table to apologize. The drink had orange juice, pineapple juice and wine in it. By the end of dinner the boy was very loud, misbehaving and his eyes were dilated and red.

Then his mom took him to the emergency room. The doctor had to give the boy an IV and checked him out. But at that time with test really couldn't tell how much alcohol was in his system. The boy went home two hours later.

The boy is doing real good and nothing seems to be wrong with him. The mom did contact an attorney about this. I don't blame her for that.

This really got to me when I seen it on the news. How can people do this to a toddler and the manager not do something about this. If this was a stronger drink they could have killed the boy. I worry about this because of my little great niece and my boyfriends granddaughter. I don't want to see this happen to any child that young out there. This is really wrong and I hope something happens with this.


Toad said...

Accident's happen. If you don't want to take the risk of an ACCIDENT. Don't eat at places that serve alcohol. THAT Is the best solution. The other thing that bothers me Is, do Tropical Sangria use White Wine, or Red Wine? I would think Red, which should have been a clue?

Huck Finn said...

I think you need to see what happens in the real world. I used to live on the edge. knew people that did drugs I wouldn't do, drank more than i would drink and have babies they shouldn't have had. Is the toddler acting up? Put some wine in a bottle. Sadly it isn't just the Gutter people that do this.

The amount of wine in Restaurant Sangria is about 1/3, and it is cheap wine at that. I don't think the kid was at risk due to the dilution, but would never use the crutch of alcohol to help quiet a kid down. Yes there is a lawsuit coming.

kkdither said...

Accidents happen, but restaurants need to be held to a meticulous standard with what they serve. Serving alcohol to a child is dangerous. Serving it to a former alcoholic is unforgivable. Many people have allergies to certain foods and need assurance that they get what they ordered and they are safe. It can be a matter of life and death.

I would never have thought to check a cola that my kids ordered to make sure there was no alcohol. You really can't blame the parents; they ordered juice or soda, and whether there was actual risk to the child or not, the restaurant is responsible here.

jedwis said...

Next time I go out, I will be sure to order a juice or soda, and just hope and pray they send me wine instead, should be cheaper.
Reminds me of a Seinfeld espisode, serving a drink to an alcoholic.
For some reason I feel like this happens more often than we think.

SER said...

I agree accidents can happen, but where were the parents? Couldn’t they see the drink was “funny looking”? Tropical sangria is generally red in color, I would think the parents should have been able to smell it, but then again they may have been having a alcoholic refreshment themselves.

Taking the child to the hospital I guess would/could be a good thing, but I highly doubt the drink could have hurt him. If the doctor could not tell the amount the child drink, you would think a blood alcohol test would have shown that, apparently it must have been extremely low not to show up.

At least the manager could have paid for the dinner......gezzz, what a cheapskate

OrbsCorbs said...

I don't think that any restaurant purposely serves alcohol to toddlers, but of course it is a bad thing.

Huck alludes to parents giving their kids a nip to quiet them down. 50 years ago it wasn't that uncommon. As a child, older than a toddler, I was sometimes given sips of daddy's beer. I remember being given some red wine one Christmas Eve and my legs went numb.

Anyway, yes, it is terrible to give alcohol to kids. For that matter, it's terrible to give it to certain adults, too.

SER said...

In the State of Wisconsin, I can take my kid in a bar and he or she can have a drink with me.

It is illegal for the bartender to serve them but I can order two drinks and give one to my child.

Additionally, it is the discretion of the bartender not to allow it. They can ask/force me to leave or take the drink away from the minor. And I don’t know ANY bartender in Racine who will allow it!

OrbsCorbs said...

Well, there ya go, a niche business opportunity for Racine: a bar that will serve booze to children who are there with their parents.

Toad said...

Ser: That was my point. WHY couldn't they tell that something was wrong with the child's drink.

As for the drinking when with a parent. The only right the bartender has, Is he can ask for proof the child Is their's. I don't quite know how you do that.

fungi said...

Usually, but not always wait staff pour sodas and juices themselves and only go to the bartender for the good stuff. If that's how they handle it at that restaurant then the wait staff should get nailed. It is also legal for a minor to order, pay for and consume alcohol if their parent, legal guardian or spouse of legal age is present and says it is ok.
It is also the right of the bartender to refuse service to anyone no reason needed.

Toad said...

Fungi: I knew they could buy It, but I didn't want to start an argument. It never was really a problem for me. Any time It happened the child was probably 17 or so. I don't know about you, but I have cut people off, and It doesn't go over too well. I place this problem In the parents hands. The only person I ever refused to serve other than underage kids, were people already gassed. Up here the bars feed em as fast as they can pour em. They don't care one bit. I gave bartending up. I never wanted to be the guy that served the idiot that crossed the center-line, and killed a bunch of people.