Luke Gatti's Mac and Cheese Rant

Luke Gatti's Mac and Cheese Rant

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Luke Gatti's Mac and Cheese Rant refers to a viral video in which 19-year-old University of Connecticut student Luke Gatti engages in a violent altercation with a cafeteria manager before being arrested by police.


In early October 2015, a video of an inebriated college student in a heated argument with a manager at an on-campus food court was uploaded to YouTube. In the video, a manager at Union Street Market asks a customer, later identified as University of Connecticut freshman student Luke Gatti, to leave the cafeteria after catching him drink an alcoholic beverage on the premises. Gatti then refuses to exit, demands an order of “bacon jalapeno mac and cheese” and pushes the manager several times, shortly before being tackled to the ground by fellow employees. The original video was subsequently removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim by Michael Vincent Uccello.


On October 6th, 2015, Redditor CynicalCount submitted the video to the /r/PublicFreakout[1] subreddit, where it gathered upwards of 4,500 votes (95% upvoted) and 1,300 comments in the first week. That day, the men's interest blog Bartsool Sports posted two Snapchat photographs of Gatti packing his belongings into his father's car (shown below).

Live action shot of Mac n cheese kid Luke's Dad and car of stuff

Also on October 6th, Twitter user @SpencerSays[3] tweeted photographs of a macroni and cheese stuffed calzone named the "Mac-Gatti Zone" sold at the restaurant D.P. Dough (shown below, left). Meanwhile, Redditor holyfruits posted a Straight Outta Somewhere image macro featuring a screen capture of Gatti to the /r/Uconn[4] subreddit (shown below, right).

Spencer Allan Brooks @SpencerSays Follow Apparently a calzone place made a mac and cheese stuffed calzone named after #macandcheese kid Luke Gatti DINE IN The Mac-Gatn Zore 58 76 The Mac-Gat Zore S7 10.00 RETWEETS FAVORITES 53 54 7:25 PM-6 Oct 2015 STRAIGHT MAC AND CHESE

On the following day, the news site Death and Taxes[6] reported that Gatti was rumored to have been expelled for the altercation. Also on October 7th, Gawker[2] published an article about the incident, which noted that Gatti had been arrested for disorderly conduct twice while attending the University of Massachusetts in 2014. On October 8th, the late night talk show Conan aired a segment on the viral video, featuring a parody promo ad for the University of Connecticut (shown below).

On October 9th, a GoFundMe[5] page was launched to raise money for the Union Street Market staff to have a "nice night out." Within three days, the crowdfunding campaign garnered upwards of $1,900 in donations.

Give The USM Staff A Nice Night Out 9 STORRS MANSFIEL 161 $1,976 1 51,00 UNION STREE T Raised by 160 people in 3 days MARKET Donate Now SHARE ON FACEBOOK gofundme Created October 8, 201:5 Sadie Rumsey TOTAL 507 SHARES 458 SHARE TWEET LG UPDATE #2 3 DAYS AGO 160 DONATIONS RECENT ▼ Be the first to like this update Anonymous 20 mins ago Hi again all, I am raising the goal one last time to an even $1000 in hopes that we can reach that and present the staff with a lovely $1000 gift certificate. Thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign, it has been a great representation of what Huskies are all about! $25 Anonymous 2 hours ago Subscribe to Updates Show More SHARETWEETDONATE

Apology Video

On October 11th, Gatti uploaded an apology video to YouTube in which he expressed remorse for the incident, claiming it was a "wake up call."

Florida Arrest

On June 28th, 2016, the news site MassLive reported that Gatti had been arrested in Boca Raton, Florida for assaulting a law enforcement officer, and was scheduled for a disposition on July 27th.

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in reply to SixthSun

The kid broke the cafeteria rules and assaulted staff when asked to leave. I'm all for seeing both sides of the story and whatnot, but I can't imagine anything that would justify that kid's behavior. Sometimes an asshole's an asshole, and that's all there is to it.


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