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Olive Garden Was Getting Toddlers Drunk WAY Before Applebee's Went and Stole Their Thunder

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By now, the story of 15-month-old Dominic Lacey Wilson allegedly being served alcoholic margarita mix instead of apple juice  at a Michigan Applebee's restaurant has more than made the rounds.

The boy's parents claim he began acting drunk at the table and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.10 -- 0.02 points above Michigan's drunk-driving limit of 0.08. They have now filed a lawsuit seeking "unspecified monetary damages from the company for medical bills and non-economic losses."

Though Applebee's says it has found some discrepancies between the facts in the police report and the lawsuit, the company is now serving "apple juice to children only from single-serve containers at the table" and will "retrain all severs on our beverage pouring policy, emphasizing that non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages must be stored in completely separate and identified containers."

Wait, what's that? Orlando's WKMG TV, the local CBS affiliate, is reporting that the Olive Garden served a two year-old a sippy cup full of sangria last month??

Well, those Johnny-Come-Latelys at Applebee's are lucky the OG didn't trademark colossal f--k ups, because Jill VanHeest of Lakeland, Florida now says that she took her son Nikolai to the Olive Garden on North U.S. Highway 98 back on March 31, where the child was served a sippy cup filled to the brim with white sangria.

"He was acting up, misbehaving. His eyes were bloodshot," VanHeest said. "How can you be so disorganized that alcoholic beverages can even get into a kid's cup?"

"It was an extremely regrettable accident," said Olive Garden spokesman Rich Jeffers. "We took swift, appropriate action to deal with this situation," by no longer preparing batches of sangria in advance, and (hopefully) comping Ms. VanHeest's bottomless pasta bowl.

Oh, in case you were wondering, Nikolai VanHeest drank "virtually the entire cup" before anyone figured out what was going on -- which is perfectly understandable. All those free breadsticks could make a guy delirious, too.
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