Embarrassing mac and cheese incident spawns fundraisers

This undated photo provided by the University of Connecticut police department shows student Luke Gatti, 19, of Bayville, N.Y., who was arrested Sunday night, Oct. 4, 2015, following an altercation over purchasing macaroni and cheese at a market on the school's Storrs, Conn., campus. A 9-minute, obscenity-laced video clip went viral, showing Gatti arguing with and eventually shoving a manager at a food court inside the school's student union.

This undated photo provided by the University of Connecticut police department shows student Luke Gatti, 19, of Bayville, N.Y., who was arrested Sunday night, Oct. 4, 2015, following an altercation over purchasing macaroni and cheese at a market on the school's Storrs, Conn., campus. A 9-minute, obscenity-laced video clip went viral, showing Gatti arguing with and eventually shoving a manager at a food court inside the school's student union. University of Connecticut Police Department via AP

This undated photo provided by the University of Connecticut police department shows student Luke Gatti, 19, of Bayville, N.Y., who was arrested Sunday night, Oct. 4, 2015, following an altercation over purchasing macaroni and cheese at a market on the school's Storrs, Conn., campus. A 9-minute, obscenity-laced video clip went viral, showing Gatti arguing with and eventually shoving a manager at a food court inside the school's student union.University of Connecticut Police Department via AP

This undated photo provided by the University of Connecticut police department shows student Luke Gatti, 19, of Bayville, N.Y., who was arrested Sunday night, Oct. 4, 2015, following an altercation over purchasing macaroni and cheese at a market on the school’s Storrs, Conn., campus. A 9-minute, obscenity-laced video clip went viral, showing Gatti arguing with and eventually shoving a manager at a food court inside the school’s student union.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn students are trying to use an embarrassing video about macaroni and cheese to raise a little cheddar.

The video of a fellow student berating food service workers who refused to sell him jalapeno-bacon mac and cheese prompted a group of students to start an online fundraiser to give the beleaguered employees a well-deserved night out.

“A top-20 research university shouldn’t have to be redeeming its name after one bad egg goes and ruins our reputation,” said freshman Sadie Rumsey.

Rumsey and her friends set up a page on GoFundMe.com to show their support for the workers abused in the video captured inside the university’s student union last week. As of Sunday, the page had collected more than $1,300.

The 9-minute, obscenity-laced video clip posted online shows freshman Luke Gatti arguing with and eventually shoving Dave Robinson, a food service supervisor. Police and the manager said Gatti was refused service on Oct. 4 for carrying an open alcohol container.

The video, which became fodder for late-night talk show hosts, shows the 19-year-old questioning why in America he can’t have beer in the building. He uses a gay slur against Robinson and repeatedly demands, “Just give me some (expletive) bacon-jalapeno mac and cheese.”

After shoving Robinson, Gatti is tackled by another employee, is arrested by a police officer and spits at the manager before being led out of the building.

Gatti, of Bayville, New York, has not returned phone calls or an email seeking comment. He is due in court Tuesday on charges of breach of peace and criminal trespass.

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