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'Drunk Boy' brought to you by Applebee's


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#1 of 51 David Williams

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Posted January 08 2006 - 07:21 AM

This is truly amazing. If I was the boy's mother, I'd be suing for a lot more than $75,000 for making my 5 YO drunk. From the NY Post:

"Now the boy's mom, Cynthia Pereles, is suing the chain eatery and a downtown franchise for serving her son, Seth, a Long Island Iced Tea — a walloping cocktail of white rum, gin, vodka, triple sec, coke and sweet-and-sour mix.

Pareles, 33, said Seth, who'd been pestering the waiter, gagged when he took the first swig of his "juice" while he ate dinner with two cousins.

"I thought he was just being a pain in the neck," Pareles said. "He sipped it again and said 'Uch, uch. That's nasty.' "

As her child's behavior became erratic, Pareles said, she eventually took a sip and tasted alcohol.

Pereles said she confronted the staff about the drink, and that the manager admitted the restaurant somehow gave Seth the cocktail.

"He was laughing uncontrollably, his eyes were glazed, and he started licking the wicker bread basket," Pereles said. "He was not Seth . . . He said, 'Mom, I can't listen to you because of that nasty drink.' "

The panicked mother, who says she never even lets her son drink soda, left the restaurant. On the street, Seth "was hollering, yelling people's names, laughing hysterically and bending over."

A police officer approached and advised her to fill out a report and call an ambulance. As a precaution, Seth was strapped into a stretcher and taken to Beth Israel Medical Center. "He crashed in the ambulance. He was so tired," Pereles said.
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Let's hope, for the child's sake, that his mom isn't another Anna Ayala. Either way, someone is getting locked up, most likely the server. BTW, the Long Island Iced Tea was served in a child's beverage cup:

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#2 of 51 Christ Reynolds

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Posted January 08 2006 - 07:53 AM

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Let's hope, for the child's sake, that his mom isn't another Anna Ayala
i don't recall, who's that?
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BTW, the Long Island Iced Tea was served in a child's beverage cup
if it was in a normal glass, the server could say it was just a mixup. anyone who poured or mixed a (strong) drink in a child's cup will get a stiff punishment.

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#3 of 51 Ricardo C

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Posted January 08 2006 - 08:26 AM

Ayala is the woman who claimed to have a found a human finger in her Wendy's chilli.

She also has a history of other frivolous/fraudulent lawsuits.

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#4 of 51 Christ Reynolds

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Posted January 08 2006 - 10:44 AM

ah, i know the woman, didn't know her name.

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And then when I feel so stuffed I can't eat anymore, I just use the restroom! And then I CAN eat more!

#5 of 51 Jim Sentry

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Posted January 09 2006 - 12:38 AM

75K seems low to me. I understand they fired the waiter who served the drink intentionally.

Also, the manager made her pay the tab for dinner.

#6 of 51 Holadem

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Posted January 09 2006 - 01:15 AM

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75K seems low to me.
I don't get this mentality. Why is 75K too low?

I would be happy with the firing of the employee (I would settle for NO less), reimboursement of all expenses associated with this matter (diner, hospital and legal fees if it comes to that). And perhaps a little something on top to buy a nice gift for the kid, or a complimentary diner ticket (which any half decent manager would have offered).

Making money over such matters is obscene, but that's just me. It is a widely accepted behavior in this country.

In any case, next time my daughter says something tastes nasty, I will definitely pay closer attention.

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#7 of 51 John Alvarez

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Posted January 09 2006 - 01:24 AM

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Making money over such matters is obscene, but that's just me. It is a widely accepted behavior in this country.

I completly agree.....

#8 of 51 Paul Padilla

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Posted January 09 2006 - 03:06 AM

I'm thinking scam. If...and I mean if it was done by the employee of the restaurant, intentionally or not, at minimum there should be legal charges of serving to a minor before any talk of civil restitution.


someone is getting locked up, most likely the server.
Applebees servers don't pour their own alcoholic drinks...it's done by someone behind the bar as it is for most restaurants. And what bartender is knowingly going to mix an alcoholic drink in a kiddie cup? So for the server to have done it intentionally he/she would have had to place an order for the drink and use it to surreptitiously fill the child's cup.

One question...is the picture of the child in the OP the actual child? If so, that furthers my opinion that it's a scam. What mother would allow such a picture if she were so concerned with the child's welfare?

'Mom, I can't listen to you because of that nasty drink.'
Puhleeeeez! That's a little too convenient that the child supposedly referred specifically to the drink regarding his own behavior. I'm not buying it. And "Uch...this tastes nasty." doesn't warrant a sip from the mom right from the start? Just how much of this drink did the mom let him choke down before she decided to check into it?

Insect in the salad...finger in the chili...booze in the kiddie cup. It's all sounding the same to me. Any bets that the mother has a history of claims like this?
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#9 of 51 Michael Martin

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Posted January 09 2006 - 03:16 AM

If it's not a scam, I agree with Holadem WRT legal and financial consequences.
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Posted January 09 2006 - 03:41 AM

Yeah, a child's health was endangered, and that's an opportunity to make money? Posted Image

What Holadem suggested should be fine, assuming this isn't a scam.

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Posted January 09 2006 - 03:52 AM

If the server did this intentionally criminal charges should be brought against him.

#12 of 51 John Alvarez

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Posted January 09 2006 - 04:00 AM

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Insect in the salad...finger in the chili...booze in the kiddie cup. It's all sounding the same to me. Any bets that the mother has a history of claims like this?
But the article said
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Pereles said she confronted the staff about the drink, and that the manager admitted the restaurant somehow gave Seth the cocktail.


#13 of 51 Paul Padilla

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Posted January 09 2006 - 04:24 AM

Pereles said...
That's what the mom claims. There's no word at this point on any official statements from Applebee's or anyone other than the mother. If the manager actually said that, Applebee's corporate will have his/her head for compromising their position before the truth could be established.

If it's truly Applebee's/the employee's fault and it was intentional then charges should definitely be filed. But unless there is an allergy and/or medical complications involved, then 75K is excessive.
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#14 of 51 Mark Dill

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Posted January 09 2006 - 04:25 AM

The server was most likely part of the scam.

Another part of the story that doesn't add up:

If the kid says it tastes nasty, he isn't going to sit there and drink the whole thing. Kids are notorious for refusing to eat/drink bad tasting things. And a couple sips is not going to account for the behaviour described in the article.

#15 of 51 Paul Padilla

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Posted January 09 2006 - 04:27 AM

The server was most likely part of the scam.
I didn't even think of that. You've got a sneaky mind Mark. Posted Image
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#16 of 51 Christ Reynolds

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Posted January 09 2006 - 05:01 AM

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The server was most likely part of the scam.
reading the recent posts, that's exactly what i was thinking. the server took the kid's cup, ordered the drink, and poured it in. and another thing that doesnt add up for me. she said the manager admitted to the restaurant serving the drink, but still made her pay for the meal? either someone is lying, or i'm totally wrong about what i think a manager would do in that situation.

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#17 of 51 David Williams

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Posted January 09 2006 - 05:57 AM

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One question...is the picture of the child in the OP the actual child?

Yes.
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#18 of 51 todd s

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Posted January 09 2006 - 06:17 AM

The mother is not looking for justice...just $$$$$
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#19 of 51 Holadem

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Posted January 09 2006 - 06:56 AM

That's one pissed off looking kid. The picture is hilarious.

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#20 of 51 Paul Padilla

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Posted January 09 2006 - 07:33 AM

That's one pissed off looking kid.
Yup...it doesn't look right. Looks more like something from The Onion.
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