UConn 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. (University of Connecticut Police Department via AP)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Members of the UConn community have begun a couple of fundraisers hoping to offset the negative image generated by a video of an apparently drunk student berating food service workers who refused to sell him some jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese.

Sadie Rumsey, a freshman from Exeter, Rhode Island, set up a page on GoFundme.com to give the workers involved a night out. As of Sunday, her page had collected more than $1,300.

A local restaurant, D.P. Dough, began adding jalapeno to its bacon mac and cheese calzones after last Sunday’s incident. It has donated $600 to a children’s cancer charity from the profits.

The franchise owner, Cory Hill, says he’s gone through 125 pounds of macaroni and cheese this week, compared to the normal 20 pounds.

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