Two disconcerting cases where a toddler was inadvertently served alcohol in U.S. chain restaurants have emerged in the last week.
Reaction was strong on Twitter yesterday and it got me thinking: For heaven's sake, let's not shy away from taking our kids to restaurants just because this happened. Because you get tired of making dinner every night. Because the terrorists would win if we stayed cooped up inside eating leftover mac-and-cheese. And because we need to expose our children to restaurants early so they know how not to be beasts in same.
Don't get me wrong. It is completely unacceptable that two babes were boozed at Applebees and The Olive Garden. How did sangria end up in a cup with a lid? I suspect it could have something to do with factory-like chain restaurants, harried staff, and similar-looking jugs of orange juice and sangria. Who knows?
I do feel pretty sure of this, though: When you opt to take your kid to a small, neighbourhood restaurant where there's attentive service and things are a little less mechanized, you can likely be a little more confident that junior's juice is vodka free.
So please, keep going out. Try someplace new. Maybe even somewhere with proper tableclothes or no kids' menu. It'll be okay.