questionswhy would you even tempt fate by ordering a…

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I had a great vacation to Aruba when I was 14 when it turned out every third or fourth "virgin sea breeze" didn't get served virgin :)

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@dcalotta: I think 14 is more appropriate, but the kids in the linked article were FOUR YEARS OLD. People have no business putting anything CLOSE to alcoholic in front of a 4 year old.

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When I was in my early teens, my mom and aunt took me and three cousins shopping in Juarez. We went out to eat, and after the meal was served, they went to the restroom, leaving us four kids alone at the table. While they were in the bathroom, the waiters put "digestifs" on the table at each place setting, a shot of brown tequila. We all looked at one another, knowing when the adults got back we'd lose our booze, and quickly drank down our shots and gave the glasses to the waiters. They thought it was hilarious. We sat there for another five minutes waiting for them to come back, and the two lonely shots still on the table started looking very suspicious. We decided they'd figure out what happened, so me and the oldest cousin drank their shots as well and gave the glasses to the waiter. My mom and aunt could not figure out why we were all so giggly and silly the rest of the day. This isn't advocating for kids drinking, I'm pretty much a teetotaler myself. Just a funny story.

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I don't blame the parents for ordering the virgin drink. However they should have at least verified with the server. Personally I would have tasted the drink first if nothing else to see if it was any good.

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I ordered my 6 year old a kiddie cocktail on Saturday. Does that make me a bad parent? I had no idea! Not saying that I'm the perfect mom, but it never occured to me that people around us would be upset at her drink choice. I always taste it just in case, but we've never had an issue...not saying that it doesn't happen, just saying that maybe there are other things to be more outraged about.

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@kidincredible: 14 is not more appropriate. A 14 year old is more likely than a 4 year to get a charge out of it and think it is cool...

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Us Wisconsinites have no idea what an "alcohol-free" version of a drink is ;)

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@rlswolf: No, I don't think you are a bad parent. If there's any question that a drink might have alcohol in it, then yeah, give it a taste first. But a "virgin" anything is really just a smoothie. I drank virgin cocktails from the time I was a little kid and if anything, it turned me off the taste of the "real thing" because I was used to it without the booze.

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Should parents be verifying with the server or tasting the drink themselves before passing it to their kid? Yes. Does ordering a virgin cocktail equate to absentee parenting? No.

I grew up drinking kiddie cocktails and virgin margaritas when we went out to dinner. I don't recall there having been alcohol in even one of them.

Just because there are four whole news articles about this happening doesn't mean it's "tempting fate" to order a virgin drink for your child. The odds are probably a lot better that you're going to get into a car accident driving your kid to soccer practice.

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The only time this has come up was when we split a virgin strawberry daiquiri at Medieval Times. It was a special occasion and my son so wanted one of the slurpee-like cups with the knights that move when you tilt it. I did take the first sip, mostly because of how many people that one kitchen/bar serves at once and how quickly things are getting pushed out. In a smaller venue I probably wouldn't think to do so.

I don't think that assuming a small restaurant would be able to get it right if you were careful to point out to your server the drink was intended for your child would be bad parenting by any means.

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@sunnyx0r: I agree with you. Thousands of kids end up in the ER each day from car wrecks alone, not to mention everything else that kids do to get themselves hurt. And maybe one kid had to go get his stomach pumped in the ER last month because he was accidentally given alcohol. So if just giving your children a virgin drink that has a 1 in say 100,000 chance of accidentally being alcoholic is "tempting fate", then we all must be homicidal lunatics to let our children do anything else but breathe.

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I grew up on Shirley Temples as a special restaurant treat, with the occasional virgin piña colada... more often made at home with pineapple juice and Coco Loco, but occasionally ordered at a restaurant that didn't massively overcharge for taking the booze out of simple drinks.

I think it's probably common sense for parents to take a sip and double-check that the drink truly is virgin. I'd also be hesitant to order any virgin drink that isn't explicitly listed on the menu with an alcohol-free option, since there are plenty of pre-mixed cocktails behind the bar that may not be simple to de-booze. It's pretty simple to prevent this mistake, even if you still want to order kiddie cocktails.

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Did anyone die? Permanently injured? No? Why the uproar? My gums were rubbed with whiskey when I was teething as a baby and I turned out fine except for the raging alcoholism. That's a joke. I'm a teetotaler 98% of the time.

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My daughter loved Shirley Temples when she was growing up. While I certainly saw a few sugar highs when someone else would buy her a second one, I cannot imagine that she'd have been happy to have a drink that had alcohol in it. As an adult, she's been known to like the occasional Guinness, but she's still not much of a drinker.

Nice to know I was tempting fate all those years ago, though.

Grenadine FTW!

{Actually, she still would rather have a Shirley Temple than any mixed drink you could name. Gee, people are worrying about some silly stuff lately.}

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Give me a break. Order what you want for your kid, yeah maybe you should check it first. but there is nothing dangerous about grenadine and coke or grenadine and sprite or another cocktail mixture sans alcohol.

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I don't think it is a big deal either. I grew up drinking shirley temples and virgin strawberry daiquiris when I went out to eat with my parents. I don't think my parents ever tasted them first, and I was never served one with alcohol.

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I always order virgin drinks for my children. My hope is that the server WILL screw it up and my kids will go to sleep early that night. :)

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Did anyone notice in the article that is says, "They called the cops..."

First of all, this is poor journalism since it does not indicate who called the cops. Second, I hope they didn't call the cops simply to get the waitress in trouble for what must have been a simple, honest mistake. Perhaps the restaurant is obligated to have the policy investigate no matter what?

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My mother used to order me virgin strawberry daiquiris all the time from mexican restaurants. It was basically a very sweet version of a margarita. Never had problems with alcohol being in the drinks.

One time, my sister actually had pieces of glass in her virgin strawberry daiquiri. She liked to chew ice once she was done with the drinks, so she ended up chewing on a piece of glass. Real horrible story, but she was fine.

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@kidincredible: so your argument is that it's bad parenting? Let's take children completely out of the equation. Ok. I order a virgin drink for myself. The drink i receive has alcohol in it. Who's at fault?
The person who made it. Next question.

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I would think that a 4 year old would complain about the taste of alcohol in their drink. I know I would have.

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I don't consider this as a high prevalence in this occurring. One would have to research how many virgin drinks are ordered for children, then compare it to the number of the drinks served to kids that weren't actually virgin. I bet the percentage is really small.

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Cry me a god damn river. Raise your own kids, leave other people's kids alone. If my kid asks for a virgin anything, I'll slap him/her and give him/her a double of Jack.

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get over yourself, OP. Our society has become so soft that THIS is what you're worried about?!?!?!

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Are they made from real virgins?

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@urocyon: lol. I don't always drink women, but when I do, I prefer virgins.