University of Connecticut student Luke Gatti (a.k.a. the mac & cheese kid, a.k.a. the most-recent most-hated man in America) posted a video on YouTube pleading for the Internet’s collective forgiveness.
Last week, video of a drunken Gatti terrorizing cafeteria workers who refused to serve him “bacon jalapeño mac and cheese” went viral, much to the delight of the dentist who shot Cecil the Lion. But in his most recent video, Gatti, who is facing charges of second-degree breach of peace and criminal trespass, was much more contrite. But was he sincere? Watch for yourself:
“I want to start by apologizing to all the staff involved in my incident, especially the manager,” Gatti said in the video. “He was just doing his job. He gave me so many chances to walk away. And I didn’t listen to him. No one deserves to be treated that way, like ever.”
Gatti went on to apologize to his friends, his family, and the University of Connecticut, saying the incident was a serious “wake-up call.”
“I couldn’t even believe it was me in [the video],” he said. “I was watching it and thinking, ‘Oh my God. What the hell’s wrong with me. This is not what I’m all about. I don’t treat people this way.’”
On the one hand, it’s not really fair to judge someone, especially a 19-year-old kid, based on one drunken incident that happened to be caught on camera. On the other hand, the same kid was previously arrested on two separate occasions in 2014 for the same behavior. So while the scorn of millions of people is certainly an excessive wake-up call, it’s a call that probably should have been taken much sooner.
(Source: Hartford Courant)