Come to Applebee’s, where there’s no place like the neighborhood! (Maybe don’t bring your kids though. They might leave hammered.)
Such was the case in Johnson City, Tenn. this week when three children, ages 9, 10 and 11, ordered a round of root beers and were served Not Your Father’s Root Beer. You know, the root beer with booze in it.
A fellow named Scottie Barnett, father of the trio of kids, said that after they were served the bottled beverages, his 9-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter each drank some. His 10-year-old daughter did not. When Barnett brought up the fact that his server gave his children alcohol, the server reportedly insisted that the beverages were actually just good, old-fashioned root beer.
The 9-year-old wound up in a nearby hospital with stomach pains after drinking the Not Your Father’s, as per WAVY.com, but was released and expected to be OK.
A spokesperson for Applebee’s, Patrick Lenow, confirmed the incident, said that a regional manager from Applebee’s in Knoxville drove to Johnson City to address the incident and that the server was suspended pending an investigation.
“Sincere apologies were made, the family accepted dinner as our guests and immediate re-training of all team members on duty took place. Re-training of all team members of all the restaurants operated by this owner will be completed tomorrow.”
Let that be a lesson to all you parents out there. Eatin’ good in the neighborhood always carries the risk of gettin’ your kids drunk in the neighborhood too.