Applebee's waiter serves 3 kids alcoholic root beer

Published: Friday, March 11, 2016 @ 8:35 PM


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Police in Johnson City, Tennessee, are investigating a call involving underage children being served alcohol.

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Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois said that officers arrived at a nearby Applebee's restaurant Thursday around 5 p.m.

A parent told them "Not Your Father’s Root Beer," an alcoholic root beer, was served to his three children, ages 9, 10 and 11.

"We walked in, we got seated, we asked for something to drink," the children's father, Scottie Barnett, told WJHL. "My kids said they wanted root beer, so she said ‘OK, fine.’ She brought them what appeared to me as root beer."

Barnett said his 9-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter drank some of the bottled drinks. His 10-year-old daughter was also served the beverage but did not drink any of it.

Barnett said when he told the waitress the drinks were alcoholic, she insisted they were root beer.

"This is a 5.9 percent alcoholic drink," he said. "They don’t even serve root beer here at this establishment.”

Barnett called police and reported the incident to Applebee's corporate office.

Sirois said no police report was filed.

According to Barnett, his son was taken to a hospital after he complained of stomach pains.

He was later released and is expected to be OK.

"Sincere apologies were made, the family accepted dinner as our guests and immediate re-training of all team members on duty took place," Applebee’s spokesperson Patrick Lenow said. "Re-training of all team members of all the restaurants operated by this owner will be completed (Friday)."

Lenow emphasized that this was a mistake limited to only one restaurant that is independently owned.

The employee who served the drinks has been suspended.

An internal investigation is pending.

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Larry Ealy. (Photo: daytondailynews.com)
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“Why make another run at it? I’ve got some unfinished business,” said Ealy, a 55-year-old father of 10.

He said he believes that minorities, particularly African-Americans, have been denied due process and equal rights

"I believe the Jewish Democratic Party is behind the deprivation and the conspiracy to keep black people deprived of all civil rights," Ealy said in interview before the 2014 Democratic primary for governor.

In that race, Ealy won 17 percent of the vote against former FBI agent and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. He decided to make his 2014 run while sitting in a jail cell, he said at the time.

Ealy said he hasn’t worked as a male dancer for years. “After your story, now everybody thinks I’m still stripping. Everybody called me about it,” he said. He said he was a stripper in 1988 at Spunky’s Night Club on Germantown Pike in Dayton.

Ealy and three others were investigated for alleged irregularities in voter signatures on Ealy’s nominating petitions in 2014. A grand jury examined all four cases but did not return indictments on Ealy or a second man, Keith Belluardo, of Dayton.

Two others were indicted. Bruce Black, of Dayton, pleaded guilty to two counts of prohibitions related to petitions, a fifth degree felony, and was sentenced to probation on Oct. 26, 2017, said Greg Flannagan, spokesman for Montgomery County Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. Jody Lane, of Dayton, was indicted on the same charges and a warrant for his arrest was issued on June 29, 2017, according to documents on file at the Montgomery County Common Pleas Clerk of Court.

Ealy’s son Lance Ealy was sentenced to 124 months in prison in 2015 after being convicted of federal fraud charges. He is serving his sentence in Kentucky.

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Barbara Bush, the wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd, died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92.

About 2,500 mourners paid their respect at a public viewing held Friday in Houston, The Associated Press reported.

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The service took place at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Jeb Bush delivered a eulogy for his mother. Longtime friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham also gave remarks during the 90-minute service. Multiple musical selections were performed.

A procession followed, with burial at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University in College Station. Barbara Bush will be buried next to her daughter, Robin, who was 3 years old when she died of leukemia in 1953, The AP reported.

Notable guests included first lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, The AP reported.

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