Applebee’s changes drink policies after toddler served alcoholic drink instead of apple juice

April 12th, 2011 by Staff

www.nydailynews.com — Applebee’s pledged to change its drink policy Monday after a Michigan toddler was rushed to the hospital when his sippy cup of apple juice came back full of margarita mix instead.

The restaurant chain made national headlines when Taylor Dill-Reese said that her 15-month-old had a BAC of .10 after sipping the mixed-up mixer.

The tot turned out to be fine, but it wasn’t the first time Applebee’s had mixed up its beverages.

In 2006, a New York Applebee’s served an alcoholic drink instead of apple juice and in 2007, a toddler in a California Applebee’s drank a margarita instead of juice as well.

So now, the restaurant chain promises, it will serve apple juice only from single-serve containers served at the table.

They will also “retrain all servers on our beverage pouring police, emphasizing that non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages must be stored in completely separate and identified containers.”

The restaurant added it was thankful that the child involved in the mix-up wasn’t seriously hurt.

“Although our efforts to speak with the child’s parents have been unsuccessful, we extend our personal apologies,” the restaurant added in the statement.


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