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10-Year-Old Boy Mistakenly Served Rum at Olive Garden


"began to show signs of not being himself."

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A 10-year-old Indianapolis boy was taken to the hospital Thursday after being mistakenly served a rum cocktail instead of a smoothie, the Indianapolis Star reported.

The boy drank about half of the 4-ounce drink before the waitress realized she'd served the wrong drink.

It happened around 10 p.m. Thursday after Sergio Maldonado Castrellon's parents ordered him a Wildberry Frullato. No one at the table ordered alcohol.

The waitress realized her mistake and told her supervisor, who informed the boy's parents. The parents said they started to notice he wasn't acting like himself. A police report said the restaurant's management told the mother the boy would be fine, WISH-TV reported.

"By this time the child began to show signs of not being himself," the report stated, according to the Star.

The parents took Sergio to the hospital, where a small amount of alcohol was found in his system. He was reportedly "alert" but "shaken up."

The restaurant chain released a statement Friday saying the waitress involved has been fired.

"We find this situation completely unacceptable and we are extremely upset that this occurred," the statement said. "We have a zero tolerance policy for any violation of our responsible alcohol service policy, and the employee who served the wrong drink has been terminated. We are thankful that the child is okay and we will continue to work with the family to resolve this issue."

It's the second time in little more than a year that a child has been served alcohol at an Olive Garden; last year, a toddler was served alcoholic sangria instead of orange juice.

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