Applebee's and Olive Garden serves alcohol to children

At national franchise restaurants around the country, parents are starting to think before ordering drinks for their children after two incidents of alcohol being served to children.

Although at different restaurants nearly 1,000 miles apart, the mix-ups occurred within days of each other.

First, Jill Vanheest's 2-year-old son was served sangria at an Olive Garden in Lakeland, Florida on March 31, according to a report by CNN. Then on April 8, Taylor Dill-Reese's 15-month-old son was served alcohol rather than apple juice at a Applebee's in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Now, both chains are facing PR problems.

"In an industry that serves more than 150 million meals every day, these are two extremely rare occurrences," the National Restaurant Association statement read. "However, we believe that even one incident like this is too many."

According to USA Today, both Olive Garden and Applebee's must retrain their staff, rethink policies, limit bar use, be forthcoming and involve people through social media.

Both children have recovered since the incidents but Dill-Reese and Vanheest are angry about what happened. Applebee's and Olive Garden refused to anser to interview requests, according to USA Today.

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