Olive Garden Serves Child Sangria

April 14, 2011 Updated: April 16, 2011

Olive Garden served the alcoholic drink sangria to a toddler at one of its restaurants by accident Wednesday, following a similar flap committed by Applebee’s after they likewise served alcohol to a toddler in Detroit.

Jill VanHeest of Florida claims that her two-year-old son was served the alcoholic drink instead of orange juice at an Olive Garden establishment, reported The Associated Press.

The orange juice was actually a sangria cocktail, which is a mixture of white wine, orange juice and pineapple juice. Her son started acting strange and his eyes turned red and dilated, she said.

“I couldn’t discipline him because he wasn’t acting out, he was drunk,” she told WFTV-9.

VanHeest ended up taking her son to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center, according to the television station.

Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden, confirmed that the child was served alcohol.

“We have absolutely no tolerance for failure to follow our operating procedures and we took swift, appropriate action to deal with this situation. Further, to prevent this situation from happening again, we will no longer prepare containers of Sangria in advance,” the company said, according to NBC.

In the Applebee’s incident, a fifteen-month-old todder was served alcohol mixed with apple juice in Detroit earlier this week. The company also released an apology as well as new restrictions regarding the mishap.


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