A few days ago, USA Today ran a story about fast food restaurants serving alcoholic beverages. I think it’s a really bad idea and was disappointed to read that some of my favorite chains — Burger King, Sonic, and Pizza Hut — are already doing so in Florida.
Fast food is fast — eat and run or grab and go. Add alcohol to the mix and you’ve got accidents waiting to happen. Of even more concern is that so many children are taken to fast food places. Whatever happened to the idea that alcohol was not to be sold or served in the presence of minors?
This was running through my mind today when I heard about three children who were mistakenly given strawberry margaritas at a Chili’s restaurant in Longmont, Colo. The kids were ages 8, 6, and 19 months. Fortunately, the kids are okay, but I couldn’t help thinking this was not an isolated incident. Hadn’t this happened before?
Sure enough, the story closed with a list of three other such incidents in 2011:
- In April, a Chicago-area mother said her 4-year-old was served an alcoholic mudslide instead of a milkshake.
- Also in April, a Detroit-area 15-month-old was mistakenly served apple juice with alcohol in a sippy cup.
- At the end of March, an Olive Garden in Lakeland, Fla., served sangria to a 2-year-old instead of orange juice.
I can’t help but think that more alcohol in fast food restaurants is going to result in more mistakes like these. Kids and alcohol don’t and shouldn’t be mixed.