A restaurant in Wales has apologized for serving whiskey instead of fruit juice to a 2-year-old child who allegedly became intoxicated after drinking the alcoholic beverage.
Nina Rees says she didn't realize her son, Sonny, was drinking whiskey until the child had "nearly finished the drink," the BBC reports. She noticed that he was "pulling a face as he was drinking."
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"I took it from him and took a sip myself," she told the BBC. "It was whiskey, I would say a double. As soon as I sipped it I had the slight burny feeling in my throat and warming in my chest."
The incident occurred last weekend at Frankie and Benny's restaurant in Swansea, Wales, where the Rees family was celebrating the child's second birthday.
The Associated Press reports that the restaurant chain has since apologized for accidentally serving alcohol to a toddler, calling it "a case of human error."
But the little boy's mom says she was very disappointed with how the restaurant staff handled the mistake.
“The first reaction of the staff was awful," she told the Sun. “They said it couldn’t have happened and just went and got him some water and walked off. They more or less dismissed me."
Sonny was reportedly taken to the emergency room, where hospital staff monitored his vital signs. He was eventually given the all-clear and is said to be recovering at home.
This is not the first time that a restaurant has been blasted for giving alcohol to a child.
In April, The Huffington Post reported that an Olive Garden restaurant in Indiana allegedly served a rum cocktail to a 10-year-old boy.
Applebee's also announced last year that it would retrain all its servers after one of its restaurants in Michigan served a toddler a margarita.
Correction: We mistakenly identified the whiskey as 40% proof. We regret the error -- especially since there is no such thing as 40% proof.
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