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2012-04-20 02:45:37 PM

Johnnyflash: When I was in high school, I brought a bottle of sparkling white grape juice one day when we had a holiday party. I told this kid it was really wine and gave him some. After a couple of cups I asked if he was felling buzzed yet because I sure was, he actually thought he was buzzing. I was like, this is some good stuff man, he never knew, lol.

CSB? You better think so.


Reminds me of this sketch:

Adam Sandler - I'm So Wasted
 
BHK
2012-04-20 02:48:42 PM
Helicopter parents take their children to the hospital after he imbibes a bit of rum.

When I was kid, my parents kept water in old wine jugs (we weren't wealthy.) Well, at the age of eight, I pulled out a wine jug and poured a big glass of what I thought was water. I drank the whole thing down, which was probably about 12oz. thinking it tasted a little funny but it was cold and I was thirsty. My parents didn't rush me to the hospital for a stomach pumping and alcohol counseling like good helicopter parents. They let me sleep off my drunk and told me later to be more careful next time. Amazingly, I am not now an alcoholic though I have binged, a little, once or twice in my late teen years.
 
2012-04-20 02:59:58 PM

The_Sponge: FTFA:

Wildberry Frullato



That's a great name for a band or a Fark handle.


That or a mixed-race gay porn-star
 
2012-04-20 03:03:31 PM
This happened to my step-daughter at Hana Japan. We ordered her one of those over-done fancy chick drinks with a paper umbrella, virgin style, of course. About three minutes after the waitress delivered it, she came running back in a panic. I thought it was pretty damn funny. We didn't panic over this minor mistake. The kid had only taken a couple of sips out of it. Even if the had drank the whole thing, who cares. It's a chick drink.
 
2012-04-20 03:07:51 PM
Alcohol is not a "poison", especially not in half a drink at ten years old. I agree with what others have posted - it's a precursor to lawsuit or "quick settlement".

If this would have happened to my daughter at 10...I would have expected our meal to be comped at the least and would have simply laughed it off. It is NOT a huge deal.
 
2012-04-20 03:10:14 PM

groppet: I'll drink to that. The kid will be fine. Family just wants $$$$


Given the amount he drank and the average weight of a 10 year old the kid would have been fine to drive, assuming he was old enough. Non issue.
 
2012-04-20 03:13:46 PM

MythDragon: Isn't this like the 5th or so time this has happened at an Olive Garden in the past year or so?
You'd think corporate would get this shiat straightend out.

has incompetence levels risen, or has tolerance for free alcohol lowered?
Because I usualy (well never) don't complain when I get more drink then I paid for. I had once ordered a rum (Cpt Morgans!) and Coke, and the waitress brought out two. I told her I only ordered 1, and she looks at the ticket, says something like "Well I only put you down for one, but there's two here. Weird. Well It's not like I can take it back"
'Oh, okay. Well I'll let it go this time then.'


I think olive garden waiters are waaaay overworked. Given I only go there once a year or so for soup/salad lunch, but with having to refill soups/salads/breadsticks they appear to be running all over the place. I definitely feel for them.
 
2012-04-20 03:19:01 PM

pxlboy: Johnnyflash: When I was in high school, I brought a bottle of sparkling white grape juice one day when we had a holiday party. I told this kid it was really wine and gave him some. After a couple of cups I asked if he was felling buzzed yet because I sure was, he actually thought he was buzzing. I was like, this is some good stuff man, he never knew, lol.

CSB? You better think so.

Reminds me of this sketch:

Adam Sandler - I'm So Wasted


And the Bevis and Butthead episode where they get drunk on non-alcoholic beer. Can't find it on youtube.

Yeah, we used to fool my sister with this crap all the time. Club Soda for Zima, etc.
 
2012-04-20 03:23:05 PM

Primum: Reason #1534 that Europeans and British are far superior to Americans on just about any farking metric.


Well you definitely have us outclassed on austerity measures and pompousness..
 
2012-04-20 03:24:12 PM
As the mother of a 9 y/o child who lives down the street from that Olive Garden....I can't say that i'd have acted any differently. My child has not had any alcohol, and i don't think that because several of you had parents that let you get drunk before you were 10 that it makes it unacceptable for this woman to be pissed that OG gave her child alcohol. Childrens drinks typcially come in an 8 oz cup with a lid on it, and if half of that was admittedly alcohol...WOWZA! It's not someone else's job to intoxicate my child, and it IS my job to make sure they are properly punished for it if they do. I'm normally the first to get PO'd at a crazy ambulance chaser lawsuit, but this is one where i feel that i would probably act the same way. This is not OK.
 
2012-04-20 03:41:14 PM

MomUdLikeToFark: "It's not someone else's job to intoxicate my child, and it is my job to make sure they are"


A fully 100% accurate quote. Wonderful how quotes can be used out of context.
 
2012-04-20 03:43:12 PM

MomUdLikeToFark: As the mother of a 9 y/o child who lives down the street from that Olive Garden....I can't say that i'd have acted any differently. My child has not had any alcohol, and i don't think that because several of you had parents that let you get drunk before you were 10 that it makes it unacceptable for this woman to be pissed that OG gave her child alcohol. Childrens drinks typcially come in an 8 oz cup with a lid on it, and if half of that was admittedly alcohol...WOWZA! It's not someone else's job to intoxicate my child, and it IS my job to make sure they are properly punished for it if they do. I'm normally the first to get PO'd at a crazy ambulance chaser lawsuit, but this is one where i feel that i would probably act the same way. This is not OK.


OMG my snowflake!

/hint: Mistakes happen. Don't like it? Cook for your kid at home, don't take them to a restaurant where you know the food is unhealthy for them, far too salty, etc. If you take them to a restaurant and don't pay any attention to what they're being served, don't whine and get all lawyery when a mistake happens.
 
2012-04-20 03:46:41 PM
Concerned about the boy, the family took him to a local hospital, where alcohol was discovered in his system.

Really? Seriously? After drinking alcohol? Now how in the hell did THAT happen?

/think the parents need checked next...
 
2012-04-20 03:47:52 PM
I was taking shots of my dad's whiskey when I was 10, so I'm getting a kick...

Seriously... thanks dad for quitting drinking before I was born, but keeping your wet bar fully stocked. Love, me and all my friends.
 
2012-04-20 03:59:27 PM

MomUdLikeToFarking slap: As the mother of a 9 y/o child who lives down the street from that Olive Garden....I can't say that i'd have acted any differently. My child has not had any alcohol, and i don't think that because several of you had parents that let you get drunk before you were 10 that it makes it unacceptable for this woman to be pissed that OG gave her child alcohol. Childrens drinks typcially come in an 8 oz cup with a lid on it, and if half of that was admittedly alcohol...WOWZA! It's not someone else's job to intoxicate my child, and it IS my job to make sure they are properly punished for it if they do. I'm normally the first to get PO'd at a crazy ambulance chaser lawsuit, but this is one where i feel that i would probably act the same way. This is not OK.


FTFY.

/where does it say it was a childrens' cup?
 
2012-04-20 04:02:42 PM

furterfan: I've never seen anyone ever freak out about their kids eating food that was cooked with booze.

You've never been to Utah? you should try the Skiing there, It's great.

/and don't get me started on anything with coffee in it, either




Do the folks that make Polygamy porter have a chocolate coffee stout? because if they don't, they should..
 
2012-04-20 04:03:07 PM

halfof33: MomUdLikeToFarking slap: As the mother of a 9 y/o child who lives down the street from that Olive Garden....I can't say that i'd have acted any differently. My child has not had any alcohol, and i don't think that because several of you had parents that let you get drunk before you were 10 that it makes it unacceptable for this woman to be pissed that OG gave her child alcohol. Childrens drinks typcially come in an 8 oz cup with a lid on it, and if half of that was admittedly alcohol...WOWZA! It's not someone else's job to intoxicate my child, and it IS my job to make sure they are properly punished for it if they do. I'm normally the first to get PO'd at a crazy ambulance chaser lawsuit, but this is one where i feel that i would probably act the same way. This is not OK.

FTFY.

/where does it say it was a childrens' cup?


where does it say it wasn't to that point...?
 
2012-04-20 04:07:41 PM

cgraves67: My very own generally intelligent wife can't seem to process the idea that cooking alcohol evaporates it and breaks it down.


That's because it doesn't, much.
 
2012-04-20 04:08:20 PM

The_Sponge: FTFA:

Wildberry Frullato



That's a great name for a band or a Fark handle.


Or a sex act.
 
2012-04-20 04:09:59 PM

JohnBigBootay: Well, as long as a bunch of people got to be righteously indignant and a wage slave was fired for handing someone the wrong glass I guess I'm satisfied.teeny: The article stated that no one in the family had ordered any drinks. If the parents were strictly non-drinkers, then it's understandable that they're not going to take an OG manager's word that everything was going to be fine, particularly if the kid indeed started to act a little different.

Horse. shiat. It was a miniscule amount of watered down rum, not rat poison. You don't have to be a drinker to know that millions upon millions of safely people consume alcohol at any moment every single day. A tiny amount one-time consumption is not going to harm anyone and everyone with a brain knows that.


It's very possible that the parents were unnecessarily outraged. It's also possible that they were just sorta pissed, which I don't think is unreasonable. Nowhere in the article does it say that they reacted as though the kid was given a poison. But you're suggesting that they should have blown it off and continued their dinner as though he were given macaroni and cheese instead of chicken tenders and fries. The article doesn't say the family had him life-flighted to a state-of-the-art facility. It says they took him to the doctor. Perhaps he has some sort of medical condition or is taking antibiotics, and they wanted to double-check that whatever miniscule amount of alcohol he consumed was still safe.

If the parents are the ones that called the press and insisted they run the story, then I think they're morans. But it seems like a rational expectation to assume that a waitress could manage to NOT serve my children alcoholic beverages, despite it being "perfectly safe".
 
2012-04-20 04:11:07 PM

MomUdLikeToFark:
where does it say it wasn't to that point...?


Your claim, your burden, sport.

Make with the proof, or GTFO.

THANKS!
 
2012-04-20 04:21:26 PM

Cythraul: I did not read the article, but something came to mind that I find interesting and amusing. As I understand it, the objection of consumption of alcohol by non-adults is usually considered a moral issue. But I've seen parents get all upset when their kids eat any kind of food that was prepared with even the slightest amount of alcohol. No chicken Marsala, no bananas foster, and you can forget just about half of everything the French make.

The process of cooking itself gets rid of about a 4th to a 3rd of the alcohol introduced to a recipe, and the kid sure as heck isn't going to get drunk, and probably would never even know alcohol was in there, if the child was never informed its presence.

I just don't get it. My mind, it boggles.


Take this from an expert cook. All the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process. It does so very rapidly. The liqueur is added for the flavors it imparts, not the alcohol. If the dish calls for alcohol, as many desserts do, it is added after the cooking is complete. If the dish is hot, some of the alcohol evaporate.

These parents are idiots with shiny new main rotors. I'm betting they are Baptists, who won't have sex standing up because that leads to dancing.
 
2012-04-20 04:21:56 PM
as I said TYPICALLY...there is nothing to prove. I didn't add or take words from the story, I just know what my child gets when I order her a drink.
Either way it says the child drank 2oz of the alcohol, so weather that comes in an 8oz cup or a 18 oz hurricane glass, or ANY OTHER KIND OF OBJECT THAT HOLDS LIQUID. it's still 2 oz of alcohol that my child shouldn't have gotten.
SO! half of 53....screw off
You're welcome!
 
2012-04-20 04:28:49 PM

MomUdLikeToFarkingslapagain: as I said TYPICALLY...there is nothing to prove. I didn't add or take words from the story, I just know what my child gets when I order her a drink.
Either way it says the child drank 2oz of the alcohol, so weather that comes in an 8oz cup or a 18 oz hurricane glass, or ANY OTHER KIND OF OBJECT THAT HOLDS LIQUID. it's still 2 oz of alcohol that my child shouldn't have gotten.
SO! half of 53....screw off
You're welcome!


Wow, sounds like you ought to hang up the mug, champ, because given the random all caps, and spelling mistakes, I'd say you had a little too much already.

"It's still 2 oz of alcohol that my child shouldn't have gotten"?? Delusions or are you the knucklehead in the article?
 
2012-04-20 04:31:30 PM

JackieRabbit: Take this from an expert cook. All the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process. It does so very rapidly. The liqueur is added for the flavors it imparts, not the alcohol. If the dish calls for alcohol, as many desserts do, it is added after the cooking is complete. If the dish is hot, some of the alcohol evaporate.

These parents are idiots with shiny new main rotors. I'm betting they are Baptists, who won't have sex standing up because that leads to dancing.


Look at HailRobonia's link above. What you're saying isn't entirely true. To get to 25% of the original alcoholic content, you've got to cook it for 1 hour.
 
2012-04-20 04:35:22 PM

MomUdLikeToFark: as I said TYPICALLY...there is nothing to prove. I didn't add or take words from the story, I just know what my child gets when I order her a drink.
Either way it says the child drank 2oz of the alcohol, so weather that comes in an 8oz cup or a 18 oz hurricane glass, or ANY OTHER KIND OF OBJECT THAT HOLDS LIQUID. it's still 2 oz of alcohol that my child shouldn't have gotten.
SO! half of 53....screw off
You're welcome!


Little early in the day for a parent to be inebriated, isn't it?
 
2012-04-20 04:36:11 PM
It wasn't random, it was to emphasize that you're being picky about something that's a moot point. And there is nothing spelled wrong in that...
You are apparently one of the people whose parents repeatedly allowed them to drink as children, clearly all your brain cells are fried.
 
2012-04-20 04:41:45 PM

MomUdLikeToFark: as I said TYPICALLY...there is nothing to prove. I didn't add or take words from the story, I just know what my child gets when I order her a drink.
Either way it says the child drank 2oz of the alcohol, so weather that comes in an 8oz cup or a 18 oz hurricane glass, or ANY OTHER KIND OF OBJECT THAT HOLDS LIQUID. it's still 2 oz of alcohol that my child shouldn't have gotten.
SO! half of 53....screw off
You're welcome!


MomUdLikeToFark: It wasn't random, it was to emphasize that you're being picky about something that's a moot point. And there is nothing spelled wrong in that...
You are apparently one of the people whose parents repeatedly allowed them to drink as children, clearly all your brain cells are fried.


Drink up, buttercup.
 
2012-04-20 04:42:00 PM
Account created: 2012-03-27 16:58:26

*scratches head*

/troll or postpartum psychosis; can't decide...
 
2012-04-20 04:46:37 PM

Digitalstrange: sandi_fish: I like the way the Manager said the kid would be fine. You are a Manager at an Olive Garden, not a Doctor! Anyway, everyone in the story fails. Mom and Dad only brought the kid to hospital so they could sue later, I betcha. If that happened to me at 10 years old, my parents would have been amused.

You don't have to be a doctor to know half a fruity lady drink isn't going to do anyone, not even a 10 year old, any real harm.


It makes a better story in court, tho.

No animals were injured, anyway.
 
2012-04-20 04:46:40 PM
Maybe I have seen freak outs over rum cake and/or trifle, where the booze is not cooked, and I have seen freak outs by recovering drunks over things cooked with wine, but kids not being allowed to eat scampi? No, sir, I have not seen that.
 
2012-04-20 04:50:45 PM
weather--I admit it's the wrong word, but it's not spelled wrong--my mistake
and 53...33..I apologize for misreading your name.
 
2012-04-20 05:00:59 PM

Headso: Well, he will be fine... didn't the kid notice it tasted "bad"? Also why do you take your kid the hospital and scare the shiat out of him over a tiny amount of rum?


Cause it will look good for the lawsuit that will be filed. " we were so concerned we had him rushed to the emergency room, your honor. We were so frightened."
 
2012-04-20 05:05:07 PM

downstairs: JackieRabbit: Take this from an expert cook. All the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process. It does so very rapidly. The liqueur is added for the flavors it imparts, not the alcohol. If the dish calls for alcohol, as many desserts do, it is added after the cooking is complete. If the dish is hot, some of the alcohol evaporate.

These parents are idiots with shiny new main rotors. I'm betting they are Baptists, who won't have sex standing up because that leads to dancing.

Look at HailRobonia's link above. What you're saying isn't entirely true. To get to 25% of the original alcoholic content, you've got to cook it for 1 hour.


It depends on the cooking method. Ethanol boils at 172 deg. F. Here's an example. When I make tomato sauce for pasta, I first brown my beef with onions. I then add half a bottle of red wine, when the heat is still medium high. I then reduce the heat. It instantly boils vigorously and continues to boil for about three minutes. When the boiling stops, I know the alcohol is gone. If I wait a few more minutes, the temperature will come up to 212 deg F and the water in the wine will begin to boil. Most dishes that have wine or liqueur in them have no alcohol in them when they arrive at table.

Someone mentioned chicken Marsala. Marsala is a fortified wine, which means that it contains 10-22% alcohol. (regular wine only contains 12-14%, since this is as high an alcohol lever that the yeast use to make the wine can tolerate before dying) The recipe I use calls for 1/4 cup of Marsala. I add this to the mushrooms at the end of their browning. The ~0.8 oz of alcohol in the wine evaporates almost instantly. There is no trace of it by the time the sauce is finished.

This kid was served a four once drink that contained rum, not four ounces of rum. He drank half. A standard serving of booze in a bar is 1.5 oz/drink. So, if the rum was 80 proof (40% alcohol content), the kid got 0.6 oz of alcohol, about two-thirds of what's in a 12 oz can of beer. He was never in any danger, though he no doubt felt a little buzzed and this was a strange experience to him. Now, I can understand that the parents would not be happy that the server gave their kid an alcoholic drink by mistake. But it is really no big deal and to take the kid to the hospital, get the police involved and make such a deal of the mistake suggests that they are attention whores or whacked born-againers.
 
2012-04-20 05:07:05 PM
Marsala is a fortified wine, which means that it contains 10 18-22% alcohol

FTFM...
 
2012-04-20 05:11:54 PM

JackieRabbit:

This kid was served a four once drink that contained rum, not four ounces of rum. He drank half. A standard serving of booze in a bar is 1.5 oz/drink. So, if the rum was 80 proof (40% alcohol content), the kid got 0.6 oz of alcohol, about two-third ...



You take all the fun out of this with your damnable common sense.
 
2012-04-20 06:29:38 PM

teeny: Granted, I wouldn't have dropped everything and called an ambulance to the site, but the article just says they went to the doctor.


That might have been after the 911 dispatcher laughed them off, which they're also going to sue over next week.
 
2012-04-20 06:34:29 PM

noit: "the restaurant mistakenly put a drink in front of him"

This is we're-going-to-sue-the-closest-wealthy-entity-ese. The writer of the article should't have followed suit and adopted that position. The fact is, a flawed person who is not legally responsible for your child's well being put the drink in front of him.


I got a bit of a Jetson's vibe out of that line - it would be pretty awesome to have the restaurant itself deliver the drink, through a slot in the table or mixing it right in front of you.
 
2012-04-20 06:36:42 PM
When I was a kid, the manager would have apologized and given us all a complimentary desert. And that would have been the END of it!
 
2012-04-20 07:18:07 PM
Someone should remove the child from the parent's custody - they obviously can't be trusted with the kid's well-being.
 
2012-04-20 07:44:15 PM

MomUdLikeToFark: as I said TYPICALLY...there is nothing to prove. I didn't add or take words from the story, I just know what my child gets when I order her a drink.
Either way it says the child drank 2oz of the alcohol, so weather that comes in an 8oz cup or a 18 oz hurricane glass, or ANY OTHER KIND OF OBJECT THAT HOLDS LIQUID. it's still 2 oz of alcohol that my child shouldn't have gotten.
SO! half of 53....screw off
You're welcome!


Fark your hellspawn anyway. It wasn't like the bleater had 2 ounces of pure alcohol, rather he had 2 ounces of a mildly alcoholic drink. OMG lettuce race to teh hospittle!
 
2012-04-20 07:46:42 PM
Drunk Mom breastfeeding, whisky on my gums while teething, vodka in my apple juice sippy cup, hot toddies during the holidays, wine with dinner, white russians for dessert and sips from Dad's manhattans whenever we went out.

By the time I was ten, I don't think either of my parents would've noticed if I got served a weak Olive Garden drink. For that matter, I don't think I would've noticed.

All liquor does now is make the headaches go away.
 
2012-04-20 07:49:56 PM

MomUdLikeToFark: It's not someone else's job to intoxicate my child, and it IS my job to make sure they are properly punished for it if they do. I'm normally the first to get PO'd at a crazy ambulance chaser lawsuit, but this is one where i feel that i would probably act the same way. This is not OK.


I'm curious, just how much wood you sue for?

(nothing's misspelled up their, I just used the wrong word)
 
2012-04-20 08:13:54 PM

bingethinker: I'm amazed by the almost superstitious fear of alcohol these losers have. Look, a ten year old weighs roughly half as much as an adult. He drank half of an adult drink, so that makes it the equivalent dosage of ONE drink. One watery drink, with the legal minimum amount of booze they're allowed to put in there and claim it's an alcoholic drink...


I don't get it; I agree that taking the child to a doctor was not necessary, and it sounds like the parents are way overreacting, but a doctor can do a quick neuro check and monitor fluids. They did something unnecessary, but not bad. I've seen bad parenting, and this is not it.

Also, if you read the story, the family didn't call the police, the hospital did. This is SOP and in some places required. There's no implication that the family intends to sue. Finally, while the manager was probably right, it's not his place to make that determination, and it sure as hell pissed off the family. I'm not going to attack a mom for deciding she wanted a second opinion from someone with a knowledge of, well, anything.

Where's all the hate coming from?
 
2012-04-20 08:43:53 PM

Optimus Primate: Alcohol is not a "poison", especially not in half a drink at ten years old. I agree with what others have posted - it's a precursor to lawsuit or "quick settlement".

If this would have happened to my daughter at 10...I would have expected our meal to be comped at the least and would have simply laughed it off. It is NOT a huge deal.


LD50 for a 10 year old is about 10oz of liquor or I guess we can be glad they only brought one.
 
2012-04-20 08:57:50 PM

strathmeyer: LD50 for a 10 year old is about 10oz of liquor or I guess we can be glad they only brought one.


Think somebody would notice if the kiddo had eight double shots of Stoli lined up? Which isn't what happened even remotely.
 
2012-04-20 09:19:57 PM

Kar98: strathmeyer: LD50 for a 10 year old is about 10oz of liquor or I guess we can be glad they only brought one.

Think somebody would notice if the kiddo had eight double shots of Stoli lined up? Which isn't what happened even remotely.


... and even if that was what happened, the kid only had a 50% chance of actually dying.

/them'r good odds 'round here.
 
2012-04-20 09:35:04 PM

Jake Havechek: An officer responding to the hospital described the boy as "alert" but "shaken up."

Your tax dollars at work.

Well, at least he's not shooting dogs or black people.


He's a danger to Himself. Baker Act.. that'll teach him not to exist
 
2012-04-20 11:19:13 PM
My family is Mormon and I got served an alcoholic drink at a restaurant when I was about 8. My parents didn't freak out. They realized that sometimes people make mistakes. We got our entire meal free, too, and there were a lot of us, so that helped. I drank about half of it before I realized something was wrong. And as a professional chef, I can tell you that no matter how long you cook something, 100% of the alcohol will never be cooked out of food, no matter how long or how high the heat is. A tiny tiny amount will always remain. That said, I cook with alcohol ALL the time, and feed said food to my kids. As was posted previously, alcohol in cooking is used for taste, not to get you buzzed. Unless of course you're making chocolates with rum centers or something, where the alcohol is supposed to be there.

/Olive Garden is not real food
 
2012-04-20 11:43:25 PM
Ooh, ooh, an Olive Garden hate thread! This only happens about once a week around here.

/idiots
 
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