Applebee's management is justifiably distraught after an Applebee's restaurant in Michigan served a toddler alcohol. The error has prompted management to make procedural changes to minimize such a thing from happening again.
According to reports, 15-month-old Dominic Dill-Reese was supposed to be served apple juice, but instead was given margarita mix by Applebee's employees. The parents, on discovering the error, took the child to a hospital and called the police. A doctor, while cautioning that grave harm could have come to the toddler if he'd drunk the whole serving of the alcoholic beverage, said that Dill-Reese was fine. The police ruled the incident an accident.
Applebee's issued a statement regarding the incident and resultant procedural changes, promising to be proactive. Among the immediate steps, Applebee's says, is: "changing the way we serve apple juice to our young guests. We will switch to pouring apple juice only from single-serve containers served at the table." Also, Applebee's promises to "retrain all servers on our beverage pouring policy, emphasizing that nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages must be stored in completely separate and identified containers."
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