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Kids' Alcohol Mimosas Get Them Drunk; Parents Mad, Restaurant Sorry

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 06:25 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Parents who took their three young kids to a Rochester, N.Y., restaurant for Sunday brunch are decidedly unhappy that their daughters appear to have been served alcohol — mimosas instead of orange juice.

Jeremy and Dawn DeRoo went to the Bazil restaurant and ordered juice for their daughters, aged between 2 and 7 years. One girl said her juice tasted funny, according to a report on UPI.com, but Dawn tried the drink and thought it was just a different brand.

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It wasn’t until they heard someone at the next table complain that their orange juice tasted like a mimosa that it clicked with the parents what had happened. The server apologized but restaurant management reportedly never stopped by the table.

The parents said that their kids slept all day and appeared to be hung over the next day.

Jeremy DeRoo was angry about what happened.

“That’s not good enough for parents having kids, drunk and sleeping all day,” he told WHAM-TV. “It's not fair. These little kids shouldn't have any alcohol, period.”

The DeRoos apparently called police, but were told that accidents happen.

Restaurant owner Danny Daniele said he wasn’t told about what occurred, although he was in the restaurant when the DeRoos were there. He contacted the couple and offered to refund their meal price.

Other restaurants have gotten in trouble for accidentally serving alcohol to children. Olive Garden, Chili’s, Applebee's, and Frenchy’s, a Clear Water beach restaurant, have all made the news for such a mistake.

One blogger commented about the DeRoo incident: “As funny as the idea of a bunch of tipsy kids might be, if I seriously thought my kids (especially kids so young) were given alcohol, I would have made a much bigger issue out of it — AT the restaurant, not the next day. Mistakes happen and I wouldn’t have started tossing tables RHONJ-style, but I wouldn’t have waited 24 hours to ask for a refund either.”

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