An Applebee’s in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is being investigated after serving children alcohol, as the family came in to the restaurant for their usual after-Church brunch.
The Kirkman family, who has two children, aged 13 years, and the other just 3 years old. The father ordered virgin cocktails for the children, so they could have something nice to drink. He says he remembers specifying that the drink were for his children.
However, the waiter clearly didn’t understand, because what he brought back broke the rules. The 13-year-old was first to notice that his drink tasted off. As the father went to try it, he saw that the 3-year-old had already drank more than half.
“It was very scary. I was frightened … she began to gasp for a little air. I thought she was going to throw up because she grabbed her stomach,” Cheryl Kirkman, the mother, said.
“As soon as my son drank it, he told my husband, “Dad, this don’t taste right. This tastes funny. This tastes sour to me,” Cheryl said, referring to her 13-year-old, K.J.
By the time it was apparent what had happened, 3-year-old Bailey had consumed nearly half of one of the daiquiris. “It was very scary. I was frightened … she began to gasp for a little air. I thought she was going to throw up because she grabbed her stomach,” Cheryl said.
Applebee’s apologized for the incident, explaining that there was miscommunication between the waitress and the bartender. The restaurant vowed to make changes to avoid similar situations in the future.
“If it was a lesson, from now on if I ever order, I’ll stay away from daiquiris. We’ll just get lemonade. I’ll stay away from daiquiris,” Cheryl said. Both children were taken to the hospital for examination, and fully recovered.
It’s not the first time Applebee’s has served alcohol to minors.
In 2016, an Applebee’s in Johnson City, Tennessee, accidentally served two children alcoholic root beers, reports Eater.com. In a statement on that occasion, the restaurant said: “Sincere apologies were made, the family accepted dinner as our guests and immediate re-training of all team members on duty took place.”
In 2011, another Applebee’s, this one in Detroit, served a margarita to a 15-month-old whose mother ordered him apple juice, reports The Huffington Post.