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.
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