Florida Olive Garden Warned for Serving Kid Sangria

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lakeland, FL (AP) - Inspectors say a central Florida Olive
Garden accused of accidentally serving a 2-year-old boy sangria
instead of orange juice has been warned but not fined.

Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation
announced Monday that state agents plan to train employees at that
Lakeland restaurant and hold inspections at other Olive Gardens.
Officials acknowledged that it is illegal to serve alcohol to
anyone under 21, but the agency found no criminal intent.

Orlando-based Darden Restaurants says the company takes the
responsibility of serving alcohol very seriously. Olive Garden has
said it pre-mixed the sangria in containers, but the drink is now
made to order.

Jill VanHeest says she took her son Nikolai to the hospital
after he was served the drink on March 31. He was given fluids and
released several hours later.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2011 at 01:21 AM
    WOW! This sends a REALLY mixed message. The store should have been fined. BIG time. If I had been the parent of that TWO YEAR OLD, I'd be the loudest voice in having this revisited. Lame punishment that doesn't fit the crime.
  • by Gutshot Location: Wakulla Gardens on May 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    Doesn't sangria actully mean "red?" How's mixed up with "orange" juice? How do you "accuse" somebody of an "accident"?
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      by Anonymous on May 11, 2011 at 01:39 AM in reply to Gutshot
      just maybe the containers were not clear to see through. we don't know,do you?
  • by homemaker Location: georgia on May 10, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    accident or not, the person should of been fired
  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on May 10, 2011 at 12:29 AM
    Why not? Why were they allowed to serve alcohol to a toddler, and not fined? Whom, at this point, is the responsible party? Where was the state of Florida? Trust me when I tell you this..."They are overworked, and cannot be bothered with such trivia."
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