Four-Year-Olds Served Alcohol at a Florida Restaurant

Written by Eliza Player on Saturday, 19 May 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Alcohol

Child Served Alcohol

Two 4-year-olds were accidentally served alcohol during a Mother's Day dinner at Frenchy's South Beach Cafe in Florida. According to Clearwater.Patch.com, two mothers took their children out for Mother's Day, allowing them a special treat for the occasion.

The mothers ordered their 4-year-olds non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiris. The drinks accidentally contained alcohol. One of the children finished his drink in about 10 minutes, while the other child did not drink the whole thing. The mothers realized the drinks contained alcohol when they received their bill, and noticed the charges for an alcoholic daiquiri. The server accidentally pushed the wrong button when she placed the order.

Note from Eliza- I worked as a server for many years, and it always frustrates me to see these stories. This actually happens a lot. First of all, it is due to so many servers that are not properly trained, and many restaurants do not provide them with the proper knowledge and training. Also, many restaurants do not put small things in place to try and alleviate this problem. For instance, putting virgin frozen drinks in a different glass than alcoholic ones. A well-trained server who accidentally pushed the wrong button would notice when picking up the drink that it is in the wrong glass. We all make mistakes, such as pushing the wrong button. Lord knows I made plenty of mistakes while serving, but I was also very knowledgable about all the products my restaurants offered, and therefore many of these mistakes can be corrected before a problem is put in front of the customer.

The original article posed the question…Should it be a parent's responsibility to taste-test virgin cocktails ordered for their child? What do you think? I think that it should NOT be the parent's responsibility, and the restaurants should be held accountable. This problem does not happen from simply pushing the wrong button, but it is attributed to an under-trained staff, often led by under-qualified management. If a virgin drink is served in a different glass, it puts various checks in place. Another server or a manger would have been able to notice the child had an alcoholic drink, simply by walking by the table and notching the glass. And although I feel that it is not the parent's responsibility to taste-test a child's virgin drink, I also realize that many restaurants have high employee turnover and low training, so I will probably taste-test my child's virgin drinks from here on out!

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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