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Police: In mixup, children served alcohol at Fayetteville Applebee's

Posted May 14


— A 3-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Sunday after drinking alcoholic beverages at Applebee's, according to Fayetteville police. The family said the drinks were supposed to be "virgin."

McKenneth Kirkman Sr., of Fayetteville, said he took his family to eat at Applebee's, at 5225 Ramsey St., to celebrate Mother's Day and a family birthday.

Kirkman said he ordered virgin pina coladas for his son and granddaughter. His son drank some of the drink and said "it tasted funny."

Kirkman tried the drink and tasted alcohol. He told the server and then called police. He said his granddaughter had about half of the drink.

Police said both children were discharged form the hospital after a few hours.

Fayetteville Police Department Sgt. P. Davis said officers responded to the restaurant and interviewed the staff.

“There was some sort of miscommunication between the waitress and bartender,” Davis said. “We don’t believe there was ill intent.”

Davis said the case will be investigated by the police youth services team. He said the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement division of the state’s Department of Public Safety may investigate the case, as well.


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  • Sheila Moore May 15, 4:33 p.m.
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    We used to get Shirley Temples when I was little, so I get the "big people drink" idea. But seriously, the hospital and the police? For a human error? As for discharge from the hospital after a few hours, I bet most of that time was spent sitting in the waiting room.

  • Andrew Trevillian May 15, 4:03 p.m.
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    Have you ever been to a chain restaurant on Mother's Day/graduation weekend? It's chaos. I'm sure it was a simple miscommunication as stated. But it's definitely important for bartenders to stop and slow down to read those tickets. Virgin versions aren't exactly common either.

  • Oak Rapp May 15, 2:41 p.m.
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    Probably the overreaction was fueled by thoughts of "Aha! A chance to weasel money out of a restaurant over a harmless mistake."

  • Jewel Lee May 15, 1:37 p.m.
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    Why are these people teaching their children that 'bar drinks' are "Cool" anyway and ordering such mess for the kids? Seems down right trashy to me. Im sure there is some sort of juice or punch on the menu that would have come in a normal child appropriate cup, and there would have been no such mix-up.

  • Tom Marthers May 15, 1:21 p.m.
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    ah, WHY did they need to go to the Hospital? it wasn't like it was Heroin, or something where they needed to have their stomachs pumped. Once again, OVER REACTION. A Taste by one, 1/2 glass by the other, the drinks are not that big. Wow.

  • Joey Cuddington May 15, 7:34 a.m.
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    With alcohol being the #1 abused drug in this county, why would anyone order a "virgin" drink for children in the first place!