Olive Garden Gives Kid Booze—Again

By Valerie Tejeda 04/23/12

A bungling waitress serves rum to a 10-year-old, following a similar incident at the restaurant chain last year.

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Seems like there's only one place to go if you're a pre-teen wanting to get loaded. A 10-year-old boy was accidentally served alcohol at an Olive Garden restaurant in Indianapolis last Thursday. The boy—who was there celebrating his 10th birthday—ordered a non-alcoholic Frullato Smoothie, but the server mistakenly brought the child a four-ounce cocktail containing rum instead. The waitress later realized her error, and had the restaurant’s manager inform the parents that their son was drinking liquor. They quickly took the 10-year-old to the local hospital, where doctors confirmed that there was alcohol in his system. The boy was described as “alert" but “shaken up” by a police officer. "We find this situation completely unacceptable," said Olive Garden spokeswoman Heidi Schauer. "We are thankful that the child is okay and we will continue to work with the family to resolve this issue." The waitress involved has been fired. But it's not the first time that Olive Garden has made headlines for serving alcohol to kids—last year a branch of the Italian restaurant chain in Florida unintentionally served sangria to a two-year-old.

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