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Employee speaks out after viral rant about mac and cheese leads to student's arrest

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Luke Vincent Gatti is no longer a UConn student after the viral video. (YouTube/UConn police photo) Luke Vincent Gatti is no longer a UConn student after the viral video. (YouTube/UConn police photo)
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The employee attacked by a former University of Connecticut student over bacon jalapeno macaroni and cheese in a video that viral has written about the incident.

The Daily Campus posted a letter to the editor on Tuesday from David Robinson, which is the manager for the Union Street Market. In video posted to YouTube, 19-year-old Luke Gatti is seen getting physical with Robinson.

Robinson confronted Gatti after the student allegedly tried to bring in alcohol. Gatti was arrested after he was denied bacon jalapeno macaroni and cheese. He was charged with breach of peace and criminal trespass for the incident.

After the video was posted, Gatti became known over the internet as the “mac & cheese kid.”  

Following numerous views, Gatti issued an apology video. But, he is no longer a student at UConn.  

While other employees accepted the apology by Gatti, however Robinson stated he was neither accepting nor rejecting the apology by Gatti.

“You sat on a comfy chair in a comfy den in a comfy home and spoke to a camera.  Was I in that room?  Have you reached out to me directly?  A heartfelt apology is directed at a human being in their presence,” Robinson wrote in the letter to the editor.

During the incident, Robinson said Gatti swore in his face while belittling him and his career.

“I was obliged to restrain myself due to a fundamental aversion to violence, professionalism, and a desire to represent Dining Services and UConn as a whole in a positive light.  But I also restrained myself against your provocations because I imagined any escalation could result in injuries and therefore legal obligations involving a court appearance,” Robinson said.

Since the incident, Robinson said he has moved back to South America where he was reunited with his family. He decided against staying with his job to take care of his wife and “her ailing father.”

In the end, Robinson had some advice for Gatti.

“So I repeat in all sincerity:  Buy a plane ticket, come visit, and then you can apologize in person, the way it should be done. If you do these things, I will gladly accept your apology,” Robinson said.

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