Couple Sues Applebee’s Over Drink Mixup
MADISON HEIGHTS (WWJ) - The parents of a toddler who accidentally got drunk at an area chain restaurant are going to court.
Taylor Dill-Reese and Dominic Wilson have filed suit in Oakland County Circuit Court, saying their 15 month-old son, Dominic, Jr, was accidentally served a margarita mix at the Applebee’s on 14 Mile in Madison Heights last week.
Both parents are under 21-years-old and neither ordered an alcoholic beverage at dinner. The couple ordered apple juice for their son.
Kansas-based Applebee’s has apologized and vows to retrain workers. But the company wants to know why Dominic registered two different blood-alcohol levels.
A Madison Heights Police field test registered .14, while doctors later put the level at .10. Both are considered legally drunk in Michigan.
The lawsuit says the child was ill for days but has recovered. His parents are seeking monetary damages for emotional distress and medical bills.
Applebee’s says it has changed its procedure by switching to apple juice only from single-serve containers served at patrons’ tables.
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