UConn's Mac & Cheese Ranter Speaks

Luke Gatti apologizes for meltdown while 'very intoxicated'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2015 9:27 AM CDT

His profanity-laced rant about wanting bacon jalapeno mac and cheese made him famous on YouTube. Now, University of Connecticut student Luke Gatti is turning to YouTube to apologize. In a 2.5-minute video, Gatti, 19, admits he was "very intoxicated" when he got into an argument with the manager of a campus eatery, which ended in his arrest on Oct. 4. When he first watched the video, "I couldn't even believe it was me in it. I was watching it and thinking, 'Oh my God. What the hell's wrong with me,'" Gatti says, per the Hartford Courant. Gatti adds the manager who refused him service because he allegedly brought an open container of alcohol "was just doing his job. He gave me so many chances to walk away. And I didn't listen to him," he says. "No one deserves to be treated that way, like ever."

Gatti's dad says his son "made a bad mistake" and "feels terrible," but people are "berating me and my son for screaming and cursing and berating a stranger. There's been a world full of people doing exactly what my son did and feeling justified in doing so." Gatti, of Bayville, NY, was to be arraigned on charges of breach of peace and criminal trespass on Tuesday, but his dad says he's sought a continuance and is "fearful of how terribly out of control this has gotten." Gatti—who is still enrolled at UConn—was arrested twice on disorderly conduct charges over two weeks last year, reports MassLive.com. In one case, he was accused of calling a cop a racial slur and sentenced to four months of probation. "I've got some problems I am addressing," he says in the latest video. "This was seriously a wake-up call." (Read more mac & cheese stories.)

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