STORRS, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut student whose obscenity-laced tirade over being denied macaroni and cheese was captured on video and posted online, admits he acted like an “***hole.”
Luke Gatti apologized to friends, family, the university, the restaurant staff, and “especially the manager” in a 2 1/2-minute video he posted on his YouTube channel. He explained that that he was drunk and said he was ashamed of his behavior.
“I didn’t listen to him, I was just a complete ***hole to him instead and no one 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.”
“The thing that’s always just gotten me into trouble is just my big mouth, I talk and talk and I don’t know when to shut up,” he said.
Gatti, a 19-year-old freshman from 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.
He says he was shocked when he first saw the shocking video of his tantrum.
“I was just watching it and saying ‘Oh, my God, like what the hell is wrong with me?’” he says.
The original video has since been removed.
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
The teen made headlines after a 9-minute video went viral showing Gatti arguing with and repeatedly shoving food service supervisor Dave Robinson. Gatti had been trying to buy the mac and cheese. Gatti was refused service because he had an open alcohol container, police said.
At one point in the video, Gatti notices the videographer and warns the manager: ‘This is getting posted somewhere and you’re gonna look like a f****** tool.’
“Just let me get some mac and cheese,” he says. “I was just trying to get f****** food.”
“You don’t do it by assaulting people,” the manager says.
Since the mac and cheese outburst, his father, Vincent Gatti, said the family has been subjected to a “barrage of yelling, screaming, cursing, obnoxious, horrible, hateful, spiteful people” critical of his son’s actions.
“He’s a kid that made a bad mistake,” his father said. “My son was wrong and feels terrible about this.”
In his apology video, Gatti also tells viewers who want to send him packages of mac and cheese to instead donate them to food pantries.
“There’s a lot of hungry people out there,” he says.