In the wake of the Applebees mishap, the story of the Olive Garden sippy cup incident has now resurfaced. Last month a Lakeland, FL Olive Garden accidentally served a toddler sangria in his sippy cup. The mother of the toddler, Jill VanHeest, noticed her son acting in a weird way. She ordered orange juice for her son, Nikolai. She noticed a change in his behavior and the blood-shot color of his eyes. Within thirty minutes the staff figured out that the wrong drink was unfortunately poured into his sippy cup. Nikolai was taken to the hospital and sent home with a clean bill of health. The mother wonders how something like this could even happen. “He was acting up. He was misbehaving. His eyes were bloodshot. How can you be so disorganized that alcoholic beverages could even get into a kid’s cup, that you wouldn’t know the difference?” she asked. Olive Garden’s response was apologetic, “It was an extremely regrettable accident,” adding, “We took swift, appropriate action to deal with this situation,” said Oliver Garden spokesman Rich Jeffers.
This story is reminiscent of the now infamous Applebees incident. In Michigan last week, a toddler was given an alcohol-filled margarita rather than an apple juice that was ordered. The Olive Garden fiasco actually happened first and has been brought to light again due to this new incident. It seems in both cases, the mix-up was due to having the alcoholic drinks pre-prepared in containers similar to those that just contain juice. Olive Garden stated last month that they will now make each sangria as they are ordered.
The parents connected to the Applebees situation have filed suit against the company. Jill VanHeest has not decided whether she will do the same with Olive Garden.
Video of the Olive Garden story