What Would You Do If Someone Accidentally Served Your Child Alcohol?

Last week I read an article about a restaurant where a toddler was accidentally served alcohol. And given my paranoid tendencies, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

Now I know you're probably saying, "How can someone 'accidentally' serve a child alcohol?" But it's not that outrageous. Apparently the mom ordered a virgin pina colada or strawberry daquiri for her little one, but somehow the bartender missed the memo and put alcohol in the drink. The waitress didn't check the drink, mom didn't take a precautionary sip and no one realized the drink had alcohol until it was too late. Scary, right?

I'm trying to put myself in the mother's shoes. How do you react in a situation like this? On the one hand, you have to realize it was an honest mistake. I'm almost positive neither the bartender nor the waitress intended to serve the child alcohol. But at the same time, serving a toddler alcohol is no small offense. If the waitress knew the drink was for a child, shouldn't she have double checked with the bartender to ensure it was "virgin." While I would never want to jeopardize someone's livelihood, I also think this merits way more than a slap on the wrist.

What about you? If your child was accidentally served alcohol, would you chalk it up to an honest mistake or take serious action against the restaurant? Is this just one more place to add to this list? And while we have you, might as well tell us what you think about brat bans. Share your opinion in the comments.

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