HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut student who went on an obscenity-laced tirade against food service workers when they refused to sell him jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese has apologized.
Luke Gatti acknowledged in a 2 1/2-minute video posted online that he was drunk and said he was ashamed of his behavior.
Gatti, a 19-year-old freshman from Bayville, New York, was due in court Tuesday on charges of breach of peace and criminal trespass stemming from his Oct. 4 outburst at the university's student union food court in Storrs, where the university is based. His mac and cheese meltdown was captured on video and has been widely viewed online.
Police and food service supervisor Dave Robinson said Gatti was refused service because he was carrying an open alcohol container. Gatti was shown on video arguing with and shoving Robinson.
"Nobody deserves to be treated that way, ever," Gatti says of Robinson in his apology video. "At the time I was, to say the least, very intoxicated."
He says he was shocked when he first saw the video of his tantrum.
"I was just watching it and saying 'Oh, my God, like what the hell is wrong with me?'" he says.
He says he has personal problems he's addressing and what happened at the student union was a "wakeup call."
Gatti shot the apology video, titled "Drunk UConn Student Apology Mac and Cheese," and uploaded it to YouTube on Sunday, his father, Vincent Gatti, told the Hartford Courant
"He's a kid that made a bad mistake," Vincent Gatti said. "My son was wrong and feels terrible about this."
Since the mac and cheese outburst, he said, his family has been subjected to a "barrage of yelling, screaming, cursing, obnoxious, horrible, hateful, spiteful people" critical of his son's actions.
Luke Gatti says in the apology video people who want to send him packages of mac and cheese should instead donate them to food pantries.
"There's a lot of hungry people out there," he says.
Some UConn students have started an online fundraiser to show their support for the food service workers.
Gatti previously was a student at the University of Massachusetts and was arrested twice last year on disorderly conduct charges, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. During one of those arrests, he was accused of using a racial slur against a police officer, court filings show.
A Tustin couple is responsible for a brand new, terrifying and unique haunted house that is so scary it requires guests to sign a waiver before venturing in.
Robbie and Heather Luther created the haunt called The 17th Door.
"There's a lot going on, where it's very interactive and immersive and kind of invades your space. You will get touched and you might get wet," Heather said.
Once curious visitors step through the door, they're inside the demented head of Paula, a first-year student at Gluttire University.
A group will spend about a minute in 17 different rooms, each with a unique theme and created with a painstaking amount of detail. All of them are filled with monsters lurking around every corner.
The Luthers and their team began construction on the house in April.
"A lot of money, a lot time, a lot of effort, a lot of sweat and some tears - not his, mine," Heather said.
Another difference between the 17th Door and a traditional haunted house is that once the doors are closed, the only way to get out is to use the word "mercy."
So far, about 350 people have used the safe word, Heather said. And that is just two weekends into the house's opening. Luther said on average they are getting about 800 visitors each night, and most of them said the house is "intense."
"It's super intense. I've actually worked in haunted houses as an actor myself and this is very, very intense, very scary," Moreno Valley resident Monique Martin said.
Tickets cost between $21 and $35. The house is open on select days until Nov. 1.
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