Simon Rimmer on terrifying moment his daughters drink was spiked during lunch outing
Simon Rimmer has revealed his daughter Florence had her drink spiked during a lunch with her friends five years ago.
The dad-of-two opened up on the horrifying experience during a discussion about a campaign calling for nightclubs to improve their systems in a bid to protect women on nights out and boycott them until this happens.
The 58 year old chef remembered going straight into panic mode and rushed his daughter to A&E with wife Ali when the incident happened.
The Channel 4 presenter also said the 24 year old was "in a right state".
Simon weighed in during an appearance on Steph’s Packed Lunch Wednesday, October 26.
"I mean my daughter Flo is 24 now but about five or six years ago she had her drink spiked,” Simon recalled.
"She'd been out for lunch with some friends and she'd had about three glasses of wine and she came home and was in a right state.
"And we were saying to her 'how much have you had to drink?’” the TV chef continued.
“But she was like 'I've literally had three glasses of wine I'm really scared I don't know what's happening'. And we took her to A&E.”
Simon went on to say that the medical professionals initially assumed he and his wife were being “over anxious”.
“I’ll be honest with you they sort of thought 'Yeah yeah you're just over anxious parents your daughter’s just had too much to drink,’” he explained.
"But it wasn't – the behaviour was completely different. It really really shook her up it was a horrible horrible time."
Former BBC Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern queried how Simon had managed going through such a worrying time as a parent.
"I mean you feel terrified,” he replied. “One because she's very open, she's pretty sensible, she likes to party like most young people do but you feel that fear – that really hasn't gone away.
"And because I am involved in the hospitality industry, it is a problem. I look at it now and I agree with the boycott but I'm not quite sure what the solution is."
Simon added that he thought the worst thing about the latest reports about spiking drinks was that people “are doing this for entertainment”.
"People are spiking people's drinks to see how they react,” he noted sadly.
It came following worrying reports about women being injected with drugs on nights out across the country, with more than 200 reports of women's drinks being spiked in the last two months.
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