BLUE MARTINI STORIES & DOCUMENTS
- VIDEO: Experts weigh in on Blue Martini reports
- 11 more report drugging allegations at Blue Martini
- VIDEO: Blue Martini investigation grows to 37 reports, no answers though
- Brent Batten: Independent Blue Martini probe takes a wrong turn
- Former Blue Martini waitress claims to be victim of spiked drink; suspects bartenders
- Over two dozen Blue Martini customers come forward to share their black-out stories
- Four more who think they were drugged at Blue Martini come forward
- Collier Sheriff’s Office investigating Blue Martini again after receiving 14 more complaints
- Former Blue Martini bartender: 'People are overindulging in booze'
- Women report sudden blackouts at popular Naples hangout, Blue Martini
- DOCUMENT: Collier County Sheriff's Office report: Cynthia Kathryn Booker-Gatz (.pdf)
- DOCUMENT: Collier County Sheriff's Office report: Anne Marie Contieri (.pdf)
- DOCUMENT: Collier County Sheriff's Office report: Unidentified Person (.pdf)
NAPLES — Women who reported their drinks were drugged at Blue Martini aren’t surprised at the outcome of the investigation and deny they overindulged in alcohol.
Holly Lee Kaleniecki, 52, of Golden Gate Estates, said she was disappointed by the outcome, but not surprised. She believes it came down to money, which Blue Martini has and the people who filed reports do not.
“I’ve lived here long enough to know what goes on,” Kaleniecki said. “I’m not stupid.”
She went to Blue Martini around 4 p.m. on Feb. 17, to celebrate her birthday. She had two glasses of wine and started on an espresso martini before blacking out.
She’s been drinking alcohol for decades and knows her tolerance, she said, adding, “Something was put in my drink, I just totally, 100 percent, know that.”
She was “freaked out” when she awoke the next morning. She’d fallen, she said, had bruises on her back and injured her neck. She said she still goes to a chiropractor and a neurologist.
Over the past seven months, she’s heard speculation that the people who believe they blacked out were simply overindulging in alcohol. In a way, she said, it became a joke in the community.
“I still have injuries and medical bills,” Kaleniecki said. “I know it wasn’t a joke.”
She believes a former Blue Martini employee was drugging people, although authorities say they have no evidence of that.
Joyce Barr, 67, knows she didn’t overindulge in alcohol at Blue Martini, either. She couldn’t walk or talk after having a martini in February and blacked out at home. Instead of having a hangover in the morning, Barr said she felt “completely normal.”
“It’s still just very odd to me,” Barr said. “I just had one drink. I didn’t have two or three. I had one drink and I had an appetizer.”
Something went on at Blue Martini to lead so many people to believe they’d been drugged, said Mary Verdi, 68, a part-time North Naples resident. She said she blacked out in November 2009 after drinking a cosmopolitan and a Brazilian martini made of rum, lime and pomegranate juice.
At this point, Verdi just hopes it doesn’t happen again. She added: “As long as everything is OK, nobody got that badly hurt, that’s all I’m concerned about.”