waiter refuses to serve wine to pregnant woman
Alcohol and pregnancy has created quite the debate over at BabyCenter. In a post titled Pregnant mom demands glass of wine: waiter refuses, a mom-to-be shares her story:
“Saturday night my friend, who is visiting from Boston, and I went out to eat. When the server approached the table she wouldn’t look at me. My friend ordered a glass of wine and before the server walked off, I said I would like one as well. She said she can’t serve me. I said, ” my OB says a glass of wine in moderation is ok.” She replied that she has heard that before and still refused to serve me. I was flabbergasted, embarrassed and downright p*ssed. I ate my meal with my friend and decided not to make a scene. When I got home that night I looked up the law. Essentially she violated my civil rights, and discriminated against me: see section 52 of the Civil Code in California.”
Was the waiter's behavior acceptable? Comment below!
When word of this got around the office, there was no shortage of personal stories. @TeamRickiTracy shares, "We were at lunch when my friend ordered a glass of wine (she was pregnant) and the waiter said to her ‘Did you ask your baby if that was okay?’ He was fired. Didn’t hurt my girlfriend had been a regular there for years and ate lunch there almost every Friday.
We opened the debate up to our Friends of Ricki on Facebook. While the replies were split, almost all of the hundreds of answers were passionate.
Stacy: If she looks blitzed and they feel by her being blitzed sh may endanger the baby or herself than yes...they have th right to refuse a customer asking for wine or alcoholic beverages. But if the person appeared normal than no they did not have a right to refuse her.
Tyra: I think the waiter is right but sadly she can drink. :( It should be a law for all restaurants to refuse!
Stephanie: The waiter is RIGHT! Alcohol is NOT good for a baby. Common sense tells you that!.. And who cares if it's "her body", she also has another "body" growing inside of her to take in account.
Stephanie H.M: Wrong....my midwife even said a glass of wine is good to stop preterm labor and in Europe, most pregnant women drink wine because a glass of wine will do nothing bad to your baby...maybe a bottle. Example of women NOT researching what you should and should not do during pregnancy but listening to those dang "what to expect books" and knife happy OB'S .....I'd be more concerned about the cocktail of drugs you are offered at the hospital during labor. Ya I'm sure they don't get to the baby....
Anabel: Wait question didn't mothers back in the 50's n 60's do this? I'm not that old but I'm sure those people came out just fine! If she was of drinking age which she was obviously she can do what she wants...
Whether you believe a glass of wine is safe or not for an unborn child, did the waiter have a right to refuse her? Sound off in the comments!