An Olive Garden in Indianapolis is just one of the latest cases of why parents should be careful about what drinks are actually served to their young children. In this case, the popular Italian food chain inadvertently served a 10-year-old boy a rum cocktail instead of the child-friendly Wildberry Frullato.
According to The Consumerist
, the waitress who served the lad the beverage didn't even realize her mistake until the child had already consumed about half of the drink. None of the grown-ups accompanying him had even ordered any alcoholic products.
Afterwards, the family discovered something was amiss when the young boy began acting very strangely, and as soon as the waitress found out her mistake, she informed her supervisor of the incident. The boy's mother said the management told her the child would be okay. Even so, his family took him to the hospital where an officer who responded there said he was "alert" but "shaken up" reports WISH TV
The chain released this statement
on Friday afternoon, the day after the incident:
"We find this situation completely unacceptable and we are extremely upset that this occurred. We have a zero tolerance policy for any violation of our responsible alcohol service policy, and the employee who served the wrong drink has been terminated. We are thankful that the child is okay and we will continue to work with the family to resolve this issue."
This is not the first time such a mishap has gone unnoticed; back in April 2011, Taylor Dill-Reese and her 15-month-old son, D.J. were dining at a Detroit Applebee's when an order for apple juice ended up being served as an apple juice cocktail as alcohol was accidentally mixed into it. According to ABC News
, a police report stated that the incident resulted from a mislabeled bottle at the bar.
Other situations involving alcohol served to young children are also noted such as another Applebee's incident in 2006, where a 5-year-old was given a Long Island iced tea instead of the requested apple juice. In 2007 a restaurant in California gave a margarita to a toddler that was encased in a sippy cup. Once again, the order was apple juice.