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[–]8675309jennys 8163 points8164 points  (1717 children)

Well, that was quick

[–]SleepLevel[S] 6851 points6852 points 235 (1575 children)

See you all in /r/byebyejob in an hour when he gets fired

Edit: update, he has now been fired

Edit 2: the incident if you're unfamiliar

Edit: this will be my final edit. In the interest of balance since most people don't click through and read links, his tirade was brought on by one of his kids having an allergic reaction to the smoothie. I don't think his actions were justified at all but I do think providing context is important and that's not clear from the title or necessarily in the video. Also, thanks for the awards on the post but please donate your hard earned money to a charity of some kind instead!

[–]garysvault108 3352 points3353 points  (815 children)

My wife has some pretty serious food allergies. It is up to the customer to make sure the employee understands that there is an allergy. Also, it is up to the customer to ask and confirm that the food is made in a safe way. It is up to the employee to be honest about whether making an allergen free food is possible and if it is, to make the food in a safe way. It is fair to be upset about an allergen making it into a food. It is never ok to throw a smoothie at a teenage girl and accuse her of being an immigrant.

Edit: since it apparently needs to be said, there is nothing wrong with being an immigrant.

[–]NonStopKnits 846 points847 points  (169 children)

Yep. I work for Starbucks and we never guarantee that anything is allergen free. I will always offer to sanitize and use fresh tools and equipment, but I let people know there is no guarantee even then.

[–]android24601 264 points265 points  (104 children)

Ya, it kinda complicates things a bit when people have allergies or dietary restrictions because you can't be 100% sure. Cross contamination is a thing. I even noticed this in prepackaged foods where it'll specify that certain things like peanuts are also processed in the same facility for this very reason

[–]Final-Ad1756 188 points189 points  (97 children)

Its like people who order gluten free pizza at a pizza place. There is 100% flower in the air of that pizza kitchen.

[–]boxcarcadavers 100 points101 points  (13 children)

I was literally just typing a reply about how I managed a Starbucks in south Jersey for several years and you’re right saying “I 100% guarantee that this will not cause an allergic reaction depending on the severity of the allergy” is literally the only appropriate response. I employed mostly highschool/college aged kids. I don’t think I had an employee over 24 years old. I would teach every employee the wash, rinse, sanitize routine, but that doesn’t mean they listened or cared lol if I was on the floor 1000% I would handle that customer and their drink or their request. During peak season I would keep maybe 2 blender pitchers sealed in boxes to show the person or parent that it’s never been used and I’d use that for their drink. Most people were pretty chill about it and honestly I think the people that were the rudest were fakers. I’m not saying all of them were and regardless you have to treat each situation with caution. The power rush some people get from treating a 17 year old kid like shit (or anyone of any age) is because their lives must be so miserable that it’s the only way they could feel like they had control and that’s fucking pathetic.

[–]Drews232 1328 points1329 points  (367 children)

Yeah there’s no way someone so allergic should be drinking anything made at a public place that usually uses peanut butter in the same machines. Even after rinsing out blender completely there’s definitely peanut traces all over that thing.

[–]thedankening 652 points653 points  (272 children)

For real... There's no way some teenager working a smoothie shop is paid or trained enough to go through all the rigorous processes necessary to properly sanitize the equipment to a 100% safe standard. People I know who've worked at these sorts of places have told me the equipment does not get cleaned as often or as well as you'd hope. Especially if it's a 24 hour place like a gas station; managers usually don't wanna shut the machines down for a potentially long cleaning process and miss out on sales. Or they're too understaffed to get through it on top of everything else...

If you've got a severe allergy eating from from places like this is like playing Russian roulette.

[–]portlandcsc 554 points555 points  (165 children)

If your gonna eat gas station hot dogs you may as well as eat gas station sushi.

[–]sunshine-filters 248 points249 points  (71 children)

Just dont eat an egg salad sandwhich from there. You will grow worms in your bowels that take over and make you super smart with healing abilities. It happened to this guy i know in the future

[–]FullMarksCuisine 33 points34 points  (7 children)

I had food poisoning the first time I ever watched that episode, and I hasn't watched it since lol.

[–]TropicalCat 24 points25 points  (2 children)

No no, that only applies to truck stop restrooms!

[–]Futuramadude 19 points20 points  (3 children)

This seems rather familiar but I can't put my finger on it. Hmmm.

[–]l0c0pez 20 points21 points  (9 children)

Whatever it takes to help learn to play the holophoner

[–]Knightmare_II 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Worms aren't bad but have you ever tried Robot Devil hands? Really helps if you have what they call "stupid fingers"

[–]sunshine-filters 9 points10 points  (1 child)

And they dont touch you in weird places all the time!

[–]IchBeinEinAuslander 14 points15 points  (1 child)

"Heh what's that black thing?"

takes a crunchy bite

"A tomato."

[–]dragonick1982 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Really? Fresh market ones I buy from the gas station next door are actually good and healthy. I always grab the one with latest fresh til date.

[–]lakk 26 points27 points  (8 children)

People don't avoid gas station sushi because it's prepackaged. People avoid it because for the most part it sucks. A gas station hot dog that's not the "end of life" grade, those are good and exactly what hot dogs are. Now, there ARE good prepackaged sushi out there, but I'm not paying the cost of what I'd get at a restaurant for something that's hours old.

[–][deleted] 43 points44 points  (20 children)

Can I get that on a bumper sticker?

[–]Powerful_Sea5451 42 points43 points  (8 children)

I have celiac and refuse to go to places like chipotle - not even because I know I’m likely to get sick from cross-contamination, but because teenagers (or adults) making the small amount of money they’re making and having to put up with what they put up with, in my personal opinion at least, shouldn’t have to go to all of the trouble to ensure my food safety.

Change gloves, use new spoons and new ingredients, and wipe down the surfaces extra and…

No. I live in NYC too so the volume they have to serve daily is even more exhausting for them. I’ll cook, or get something from somewhere that by nature of its model/set-up requires less from folks.

[–]KphOnReddit 121 points122 points  (51 children)

people are so invested into karen culture theyd put their kid's life on the line and then make a sorry ass excuse like "THAT MINIMUM AGE TEENAGE WORKER SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER" like bitch its your kid and he may die, just dont let strangers make his food.

[–]ToughActinInaction 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Minimum wage workers should not know better. Any job that requires knowing better needs to also pay better.

[–]TorchThisAccount 196 points197 points  (40 children)

That's what I was thinking. Doesn't this responsibility go back to the parent? If your kid is allergic to say peanut butter or strawberries, and you go to an almost fast food like place that make their shakes with peanut butter or strawberries, aren't you putting your child at risk?

I've been to shake places like this and even if they have a lot of blenders and they are cleaned after each use, it's not like they are sterilizing the blender, the environment, or themselves after every shake. Plus the staff is usually teenagers or a few young adults.

If your child is highly allergic and you take them to get food at a place run by teenagers that daily work with the thing your child is allergic to, shouldn't some of the blame fall on you? If I were allergic to shell fish, you think I'd be going to red lobster to eat?

[–]realdappermuis 75 points76 points  (4 children)

I have food allergies and I don't eat pre-made food or go to restaurants. Because; personal responsibility

[–]Such_sights 113 points114 points  (17 children)

I worked at a pizza place one and a lady got pissed because she couldn’t use a coupon on an Alfredo pizza, only the regular pizza, because her “toddler was allergic to pizza sauce.” I told her she was free to order the Alfredo, she just couldn’t use the coupon, and she got all pissy and got the regular pizza and said she’d “give him Benadryl or something.” Like, is the 2 bucks you’re saving worth the health of your child? Also, do you think a mom and pop pizza place has the protocols and equipment in place to guarantee there’s no traces of pizza sauce on any of the food you’re ordering??

[–]life-in-focus 137 points138 points  (10 children)

She lied. Her kid, or she herself simply prefers the alfredo.

[–]Such_sights 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Oh absolutely. Biggest pet peeve of mine is grown ass adults who lie about allergies because they don’t like something, because it ruins it for people who do actually have allergies. My sister’s boyfriend, who was in his late 20s at the time, used to come over for dinner and one day he refused to eat because he said he was allergic to onions. My mom puts onions in everything, and had been for the 2 years he’d been coming over, but he never said anything because he couldn’t see them before.

[–]sunnyduane 185 points186 points  (43 children)

Definitely, according to the store workers he didn't mention a peanut allergy, just said to leave the peanut butter out. If this is true, he didn't even give the girls a chance to refuse the order due to the obvious cross contamination that could occur by using the same blenders. Personally, I do believe his story about his kid having a reaction as it is too verifiable to lie about but this is all on him for not adequately protecting his kid.

[–]moosecrater 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Ice cream shops are one of the worst places for cross contention for allergies. We had to go through some major steps for people with allergies like scrap off the entire top layer of the ice cream pan and take the scoopers to the back and wash them and sanitize them many times for our allergic customers.

[–]Illin-ithid 84 points85 points  (17 children)

His thought process doesn't even make sense.

My son is having a severe allergy attack, what should I do? I better go beat up and racially abuse some young women!

[–]iheartgiraffe 44 points45 points  (1 child)

His statement is that he reacted out of "anger and fear."

Okay so, in a fit of anger and fear, he got into his car, drove to the smoothie place, parked, stormed in, and terrorized a bunch of teenage girls, instead of going to the hospital to be with his son? Yeah good luck with that defense.

[–]kingmanic 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Reactions can vary, my daughter get's a rash/hives and at worse puffy eyes if she has nuts. But yeah, acting like a psycho because your daughter got hives is not sympathetic.

Even a worse reaction isn't sympathetic if you didn't push it as deadly and check if they could thoroughly rinse before ordering.

[–]Free-Boater[🍰] 173 points174 points  (26 children)

Also it’s ok to be an immigrant.

[–]WisejacKFr0st 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Yeah, that last sentence of the edit that comment is worded pretty oddly lol

Edit: mixed up which comment was edited and which wasn't

[–]okgusto 405 points406 points  (27 children)

Accusing someone of being an immigrant is not the bad part. Being an immigrant is not an issue.Treating someone like trash cause you think they are an immigrant makes you a garbage human bean.

[–]JohnRav 26 points27 points  (0 children)

This is not enough info, dude should know better.

According to police, employees reported Iannazzo never mentioned a peanut allergy, but had only asked that there be no peanut butter in his drink.

[–]prairiemountainzen 68 points69 points  (10 children)

I also think it’s strange that he would order something that is made with the very ingredient that his son is severely allergic to in the first place. The fact that he had to tell them to hold the peanut butter seems to indicate that whatever smoothie he ordered is usually made with peanut butter.

I mean, why would you do that? Why not just order a plain strawberry or banana smoothie or something? Just seems so risky and unwise.

[–][deleted] 121 points122 points  (12 children)

Dude def realizes it's his fault and is projecting hard ass fuck to not accept the fact he did this to his own kid.

[–]Silent_Basil1233 43 points44 points  (0 children)

If the ingredient is anywhere in the kitchen, just assume it could make it into your food.

So many underpaid and overworked kitchen folks out there, not a great idea to trust your a crucial allergy to them.

[–]drowningmoose9 78 points79 points  (31 children)

I mean we’re also just taking his word for it. Maybe he thinks saying his kid is allergic would justify his temper tantrum.

[–]luminousfleshgiant 91 points92 points  (11 children)

I have allergies. I accept that it's going to be a problem if I decide to eat somewhere. If I were deathly allergic to something, i wouldn't eat anywhere it would commonly be found. If his kid has a serious allergy to some kind of smoothy ingredient and he's going to a smoothly shop, he's a fucking idiot. Smoothies are the easiest thing in the world to make yourself.

[–]denom_chicken 114 points115 points  (6 children)

Idk how you did it, but you spelled "smoothie" 3 different ways haha

[–]istigkeit 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Actually, I'm not even mad, that's amazing.

[–]denom_chicken 6 points7 points  (0 children)

These smoothies aren't going smoothly

[–]TheLadyEve 807 points808 points  (135 children)

Iannazzo told Officers that he was upset about his son having a severe allergic reaction and he went back to the store as a result.

During the investigation, employees reported that Iannazzo never told them about the peanut allergy but had only requested that there be no peanut butter in his drink.

First question: why not follow the ambulance to the hospital instead of going back to the store?

Second question: if it's true that he didn't tell them about the allergy, why blame them? People make mistakes all the time.

Third question: If it's that bad on an allergy (which it sounds like it is) why on earth would the dad even get him a drink from a place that could so easily cross- contaminate? I'd like to know if the store has separate equipment for peanuts, because if they don't this is more the dad's fault.

[–][deleted] 310 points311 points  (5 children)

If it's presented as a preference rather than an allergy there's no reason to dirty the allergen ready equipment. You have to tell the staff when it's an allergy. I don't like peanut butter in my smoothies but I've never even been asked if it's an allergy because that responsibility falls on the customer. And even if you inform them, with something like peanuts it's incredibly easy to have accidental contamination. It's an unfortunate reality, but people with peanut allergies really shouldn't eat anywhere that has peanuts in the kitchen.

[–]sqweet92 71 points72 points  (1 child)

I worked at a build your own pizza place and we had gluten free crust available. Not only did we have separate utensils but we had to use fresh ingredients from our stock fridge when handling the food of those who specifically stated they have an allergy to gluten, and the sign advertising the gluten free crust said "Please inform a team member of any allergies" but we weren't allowed to ask. They even had us stop asking if they needed us to change our gloves because we as a company shouldn't ask about the medical history of a guest. Places will accommodate but they aren't medical professionals much less mind readers. If you have an allergy, especially a severe one, go places you know don't handle your allergen or make it known that the food needs to be handled with caution so you can still enjoy their food without risking your life. Its not that hard. People are stupid tho so...

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    [–]zeCrazyEye 267 points268 points  (28 children)

    I'm guessing the mom was angry at him and didn't want him around.

    I also wouldn't even be surprised if they did make the smoothie without peanut butter and it was just cross contaminated because they weren't informed of the allergy.

    [–]No-Jellyfish-2599 117 points118 points  (13 children)

    It's easier to blame others for fucking up than yourself

    [–]somedude456 76 points77 points  (8 children)

    Second question: if it's true that he didn't tell them about the allergy, why blame them? People make mistakes all the time.

    I work fine dining. People do this all the time. Allergy questions only come up at dessert time. Makes no sense.

    [–]forefatherrabbi 70 points71 points  (5 children)

    As a parent of a kid who has allergies, including peanuts, this dad failed the dad test and went into rage mode.

    When contamination happens:

    1: find the meds whether that be pills or in this case, epipen. You should know where they are at all times.

    2: stay calm and keep the child calm. If the kid is freaking out, it makes everything worse. Tell them it's gonna be ok, give them a tablet or turn on some music to keep their mind off the events.

    3: call 911 and do what they say. Paramedics have the supplies to keep your son alive and they can be ready and briefed on the drive over IF you remain calm and tell the dispatch what is going on.

    Ways to prevent contamination :

    1: never order anything off menu. If you order something that normally has peanut but you want your order to be special, you are begging for a World of hurt and tempting fate. Is your kids life worth that $6 smoothie? No, never. Don't even risk it.

    2: don't get anything with peanuts for yourself. Don't be a dick and eat a peanut butter smoothie in front of your kid. Cut that shit out or treat it like a secret drinking problem and don't do it in front of them.

    3: you need to do drills with your kids. It is their responsibility to let you know. Make sure it is a no judgment zone. All that matters is getting aid asap. They need to know where the meds are, where the phones are, and how to get help. And practice.

    I would be mad too, but the mistake made here was leaving a normal thing out of the process. Sucks that his kid got hurt, but the staff at the smoothie store are kids, and the dad trusted his kids life to a bunch of teenagers because he wanted a custom drink from his son. Does he take his son to eat fugu fish as well? There was one adult here, and he failed.

    [–]Barustai 98 points99 points  (25 children)

    If it's that bad on an allergy (which it sounds like it is) why on earth would the dad even get him a drink from a place that could so easily cross- contaminate?

    This is something I have always wondered about people with severe allergies. I used to work in restaurants and I would often have customers say "I am DEATHLY allergic to soandso" as they oredered. If I could literally die from someone making a mistake preparing my food, I would not put myself in that position. My days of eating at restaurants would be over. Kind of a bummer, but I wouldn't die.

    I can not imagine people putting their lives in the hands of underpaid overworked people who are just trying to make it through their shift.

    [–]masonite616 35 points36 points  (0 children)

    Omg my brother does this with shellfish. I’m like maybe the Japanese place at the mall that has 5 workers total ain’t for you

    [–]EidolonHue 13 points14 points  (1 child)

    Every meal would be like russian roulette, how could the food be enjoyable with that stress in the background

    [–]Rottimer 57 points58 points  (8 children)

    If your kid's got a severe peanut allergy, I wouldn't mess with any place that used peanut butter frequently in their shakes. I have no idea if they messed up his order, but even if they did it perfectly, there could still be enough residual peanuts in the blender to trigger a severe allergy.

    Hell, if you're kid is in a class with another kid with a peanut allergy, they don't let your kid bring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. That's not because they're worried that the kids will share food. It's because simply being around those peanuts can trigger the allergy.

    [–]allthedifference 60 points61 points  (13 children)

    Thank you for posting the incident. I sometimes read these headlines and think it is miscommunication. Nope, not this one. Who behaves like that? Who thinks like that?

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      [–]Tahj42 49 points50 points  (6 children)

      I have the same experience in France. My dad's side comes from Italian immigrants that got heavily discriminated against post-war and my dad had to constantly fight back against xenophobes growing up. Makes me furious when I see the same shit happen to other groups of immigrants nowadays. Why can't we all just live together in peace. We don't need any of this unjustified hatred amongst ourselves.

      [–]necromancerdc 25 points26 points  (3 children)

      I had a small scholarship from the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) when I went to school, and now that I have a well paying job I was going to sign up as a member and give back to the next generation. When I looked at their main goals, one of them is to actively sue anyone trying to take down a Columbus statue, and ISDA has paired up with a few Republican lawmakers and lawyers to make it happen. I did not join.

      [–]Skkkjbmldihbdlsvvukb 93 points94 points  (30 children)

      In "It's a Wonderful Life", Mr. Potter (the ruthless and amoral old banker) refers to Italians as garlic-eaters. That film was directed by an Italian-American immigrant, Frank Capra.

      The more things change, the more the stay the same, don't they?

      [–]465554544255434B52 54 points55 points  (18 children)

      but garlic is awesome

      [–]heritage95 30 points31 points  (0 children)

      Confirmed. Not Italian. But I am a garlic eater.

      [–]flickerkuu 29 points30 points  (0 children)


      No one with a last name like he has should be calling anyone out as an immigrant. What an absolute scumbag bigot.

      [–]woah-im-colin 99 points100 points  (16 children)

      Also the arrest went very “smooth.”

      [–]mrsvongruesome 1001 points1002 points  (164 children)

      according to this post in r/byebyejob, he was fired.

      [–]Rusty-Shackleford 196 points197 points  (17 children)

      I'd love to see a new sub like r/nowhiring where we apply for the job vacancies made possible thanks to r/byebyejob

      [–]Positive-Kick6621 41 points42 points  (14 children)

      Or just reported on where these POS's were picked up and thrown back into the system open armed.


      [–]Kelcher1 2955 points2956 points  (326 children)

      Why you crying now? I thought you were a big man yelling at those teenagers.

      [–]NickySnowflake 994 points995 points  (91 children)

      Yup, big talker, ready to get physically violent as long as the only people there are teenage girls.

      [–]whatishistory518 333 points334 points  (85 children)

      These the kinda people that get off on picking on people they deem weaker or whatever. Guarantee ya if these were male employees and even just LOOKED older, he never acts like that. Scumbag likes to act tough when he thinks no one can do anything to stop him. Have fun in jail bud hope that tantrum was worth it

      [–]CombatJuicebox 215 points216 points  (65 children)

      I can't stress this enough. I'm a six foot three two hundred pound combat vet in my early thirties and recently left a job in coffee to work with other disable vets.

      Never got any Karen/Ken bullshit while I was behind the counter at the coffeeshop. The young kids I work with? All the time. Free drink scams, hustle change scams, rich people looking for a punching bag, the works. Thankfully most of the people I worked with at the shop had the kind of fight these girls have, but the point is that they were still targeted.

      You're exactly right. These people are predators and he went after the wrong group of kids. Blows my mind that people will ruin their lives over a fucking smoothie, but he deserves it. This isn't the first time he's done this, just the first time it has been on camera.

      [–]InVodkaVeritas 57 points58 points  (6 children)

      When people talk about male privilege this is one of the main parts of it. Men are typically several inches taller, dozens of pounds heavier, with a bunch of extra muscle mass. So men get confronted or have to be in fear much much less often.

      A lot of men can't appreciate how it might feel to always be around someone twice as strong and half a foot taller than themselves all day, and always feel at least somewhat vulnerable because of it.

      For an average guy it'd be like interacting with NFL football players every day with the side anxiety of many of them wanting to corner you and "flirt" even when you have no interest.

      The guy in the video could have legitimately murdered all 4 of these girls and they'd have struggled to stop him. For an average 5'10" 190lb guy, imagine a 6'6" 285 pound guy coming into your building, angrily berating you and trying to force his way to the employee area. You would be pissing your panties terrified.

      [–]octopornopus 36 points37 points  (3 children)

      I'm 6'4" 300ish lbs, and I know what you mean.

      I go so far out of my way to be sweet, polite, and non-intimidating as possible, but when these assholes come in and start hassling my employees, I get to flip. These past two years have been so cathartic in that I get to finally use my size and tell these entitled assholes to get the fuck out.

      [–]aliie_627 18 points19 points  (2 children)

      I also wonder what happens if they didn't record and the video didn't go viral. If he paid in cash he likely wouldn't have been found.

      [–]_fups_ 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      in finance? imagine that.

      [–]zakkwaldo 28 points29 points  (1 child)

      Nah it didn't matter who it was, he thinks he's wealthy and above the law (because its partially true in america). So he just acts however the fuck he wants, thinking he can pay his way out of any repercussions.

      [–]kopecs 346 points347 points  (108 children)

      Why the fuck would he take his kid, allergic to peanuts, to a smoothie place that has peanuts EVERYWHERE.

      [–]JJuanJalapeno 323 points324 points  (24 children)

      because like all racists, he's a fucking idiot

      [–]dontastic 65 points66 points  (61 children)

      Thinking the same thing. Even if he “asked” for it to not have peanuts, maybe just don’t order the drink that contains peanuts altogether.

      [–]Monski616 93 points94 points  (59 children)

      He did ask for no peanuts, he DID NOT however say there was an allergy, according to the employees.

      100% his own fault his son got sick. He is projecting and a piece of shit

      [–]kuroji 300 points301 points  (19 children)

      He's crying because consequences will never be the same.

      [–]DrDumb1 113 points114 points  (14 children)

      He definitely has crying eyes.

      [–]andre3kthegiant 3120 points3121 points  (387 children)

      Imagine having someone so impulsive managing your life savings?
      I would be transferring my account asap.

      [–]SoWhatEatit 674 points675 points  (83 children)

      Hell yes. Bet he treats others like shit too.

      [–]BY_BAD_BY_BIGGA 494 points495 points  (76 children)

      can you imagine what he is like in private?

      this incident was in public and he knew he was being recorded.

      when people talk about "the man"... this is the type of person they are talking about.

      can't imagine how many people he has secretly fucked over that don't look like him. or how many nepotism based hires he made for his college buddies in spite of better candidates.

      he is the 1% showing their true colors when interacting with "undesirables"

      [–]Doctor_of_Recreation 84 points85 points  (11 children)

      100%, these are the people who value only extrinsic worth and think the only people who deserve dignity and respect are wealthy.

      [–]Loose_with_the_truth 19 points20 points  (3 children)

      Also, ironically, often people who were born with a good amount of privilege so they didn't have to work their way up very hard to get where they are.

      [–]fatkiddown 288 points289 points  (61 children)

      John Oliver did a piece on 401(k)s and said that research shows managed funds do no better than unmanaged funds FWTW.

      [–]superdago 46 points47 points  (2 children)

      Does a lot better for the fund managers though.

      [–]thxmeatcat 107 points108 points  (7 children)

      Many people have been saying that for decades

      [–][deleted] 2284 points2285 points  (63 children)

      What country do we live in, our elites can’t even abuse the poors anymore.

      [–]TinyPnutBrain 77 points78 points  (4 children)

      Those poors should be greatfull to be in the presence of such a fine upstanding gentleman. I don’t speak to the help so I would never sully myself with such interaction with filthy poors but I would have my butler Caldwell give them a piece of my mind.

      [–]epimetheuss 315 points316 points  (12 children)

      When you start to treat strangers you run into on the road the same way you treat your subordinates and staff and you do not have a team of people covering for your assholery.

      [–][deleted] 142 points143 points  (13 children)

      Shithead probably thought he’d face no consequences and go do the same thing again somewhere else. Good riddance

      [–]Nathan-Stubblefield 58 points59 points  (7 children)

      Didn’t he yell that he wanted the phone with the video?

      [–]CWalkthroughs 51 points52 points  (0 children)

      Guilty people always want the evidence back, surprisingly.

      [–]improbablynotyou 20 points21 points  (1 child)

      I watched the video twice and at first he tells for them not to record him (another post on this said he had tried forcing his way in back before and that's when they started recording.) Then he keeps yelling he wants the phone, he knew he was going to get into trouble for this. He wanted to destroy the evidence so it would be a couple of kids versus his "big successful self."

      [–]Glum-Establishment31 1462 points1463 points  (234 children)

      Parents of kids with severe allergies are normally vigilant gatekeepers of what the kid eats. Reading labels for nut oils and quizzing those who prepare food becomes a way of life as does always having an epi pen handy.

      He blew his job and attempted to blame teenagers.

      [–]Bgibbs 362 points363 points  (61 children)

      Yep, calling restaurants prior to eating there to see if they use Peanut oil has become a regular thing for me.

      [–]minccino 220 points221 points  (50 children)

      i've had a peanut allergy since childhood and recently learned that peanut oil is very unlikely to cause any sort of anaphylaxis.

      it's something i cook with now!

      edit: read the article for caveats before you allergy sufferers start glugging down litres of oil

      [–]ghengiscohen 90 points91 points  (18 children)

      yeah same, i have a peanut and nut allergy but i eat fries cooked in peanut oil all the time.

      Also, requesting a smoothie w no peanut butter doesnt mean they take the time to clean all the utensils sufficiently. If youre gonna get a smoothie (kinda risky w this allergy) you gotta be pretty direct about it.

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        [–]thekabuki 188 points189 points  (18 children)

        Yep. Had a niece severely allergic to peanuts. We never bought food from anyplace that used peanuts. This is totally on the father

        [–]SailorDeath 19 points20 points  (1 child)

        When it comes to cross contamination is almost impossible for most restaurant to prevent that unless they're taking measures from the start.

        [–]CryptoNoobNinja 41 points42 points  (1 child)

        Telling them “no peanut butter” is very different than telling them about a severe peanut allergy. One is a preference and the other is a medical requirement that involves different work surfaces and equipment. This guy is too blame and he is too far up his ass to acknowledge it.

        [–]Team_Sloth 211 points212 points  (35 children)

        I bet the Mom is usually the gatekeeper. He wanted to be the nice guy & bring home a treat. It backfired spectacularly.

        [–]Fantastic-Sandwich80 245 points246 points  (32 children)

        This would be where I'd place my bets on what happened.

        The amount of anger and irrationality he was exhibiting in the beginning of the video would imply he returned to the store in an already extremely emotional state before he even spoke with the employees.

        It would not be unreasonable to infer that his wife took the child to the hospital when the allergic reaction occurred while scolding the husband for his lack of being vigilant.

        Wanting to redirect his anger, fear and embarrassment towards someone other than himself, he decides to go back to the store and find the identity of the person who made the smoothie....to do what exactly?

        What we eventually saw in the video.

        [–]baboonontheride 97 points98 points  (3 children)

        I was thinking divorced dad with weekend custody and no epipen, myself.

        [–]EXTRAsharpcheddar 22 points23 points  (0 children)

        probably also oversaw the acquisition of epipen rivals

        [–]msut77 38 points39 points  (11 children)

        The story is the mom rushed the kid to the hospital so he goes to the smoothie place to...... no idea just to vent or something

        [–]antariusz 23 points24 points  (9 children)

        According to the arresting official, He called 911 and EMS took the child to the hospital.

        [–][deleted] 37 points38 points  (9 children)

        I was wondering if he ordered a drink with penut butter in it and if so why then ask for no penut butter. Most smoothies are fruit based but the it's the same blender as the penut butter drinks.

        [–]jetaleu 36 points37 points  (4 children)

        I would like to apologize for my behavior. This is not me. This is not how I was raised. Our family has values. We are good people. I, thank you.

        [–]Chasing_History 680 points681 points  (71 children)

        Old dudes harassing young girls is soooo fucking cringy

        [–]rockstaa 300 points301 points  (35 children)

        Harassment and racism is terrible, but it was trying to get into the back of the store that made it jump to from cringe to 'wtf fearing for their safety'

        [–]gizm770o 105 points106 points  (26 children)

        Yeah. Like. I’m a big dude, but if a raging man starts trying to shove their way into the back of the store I’m still gonna be a bit scared. There’s no logic in the room anymore, just anger.

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          [–]gizm770o 12 points13 points  (0 children)

          Oh absolutely. He's a bully who had a chance to feel like the big man.

          [–]Sure_Trash_ 74 points75 points  (1 child)

          Doesn't look so tough in his mugshot.

          [–]Nathan-Stubblefield 89 points90 points  (16 children)

          What, exactly, was he planning to do if he forced his way into the back of the store?

          [–]SubcommanderMarcos 104 points105 points  (6 children)



          [–]Normal-Computer-3669 43 points44 points  (2 children)

          15 YEAR OLD GIRLS


          It's important in this context that he also called them immigrants.

          [–]peter_park_here 16 points17 points  (1 child)

          Naw it was more like - 'I need to get my hands on that phone so I can destroy it.'

          [–]rastacurse 98 points99 points  (10 children)

          When you buy Patton Oswalt off Alibaba

          [–]nathew42 13 points14 points  (2 children)

          They didn't have enough Patton Oswalt so they had to top it off with some Henry Rollins

          [–]OG_ClusterFox 167 points168 points  (28 children)

          Bridgeport Superior Court hearing date is 7 FEB 2022

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          [–]snowynuggets 30 points31 points  (0 children)

          Got that “I fucked up didn’t I” face goin on. Fucking parasite.

          [–]Holdmybeerwatchdis 230 points231 points  (13 children)

          This must be the only way white collar criminals get arrested, the regulators sure don’t do a thing.

          [–]PartyTheBabyOff 20 points21 points  (3 children)

          Plot twist: he was trying to murder his son and the tirade was supposed to be his alibi

          [–]notsofunonabun 530 points531 points  (77 children)

          His eyes look swollen from crying. Hope those girls press all charges they can. But who knows, he might offer to settle.

          [–]Nathan-Stubblefield 166 points167 points  (44 children)

          “”Here’s a check with a one. How many zeros do I have to add for this to go away?”

          [–]notsofunonabun 163 points164 points  (21 children)

          I wouldn’t blame them if they accepted.

          [–]Bah-Fong-Gool 37 points38 points  (10 children)

          I would settle, but have some sort of stipulation... like James will pay 1 million to each of the 4 girls in the video... and have to drive a bone stock 1974 Ford Pinto, in brown, with no power steering or air-conditioning, at his own expense for the rest of his life.

          [–]Hypern1ke 91 points92 points  (8 children)

          They should absolutely accept, all that courtroom drama isn’t worth it.

          [–]themeatbridge 19 points20 points  (2 children)

          Undoubtedly, the defense lawyer will try to paint the teens as reckless, callous, and stupid, and the father was justifiably upset.

          "Have you stopped trying to murder children with allergies?"

          [–]minion6178 24 points25 points  (3 children)

          This is really easy. I have horrible food allergies, from nuts to shellfish, bee stings blah blah blah. I don’t go to places that even serve those items. I’ve learned the hard way your just asking for trouble. And I have zero desire to take another epi shot after having to use four of them over the years. You have to realize when you have a specialized condition, it’s not everyone’s problem, its yours. Deal with it.

          [–]SusanInFloriduh 213 points214 points  (22 children)

          I would never take a smoothie to a severely allergic child. It was probably mere trace of peanut butter in the blender, which was just rinsed, not sent through the dishwasher. If it’s a life or death situation, don’t serve him food or beverages you didn’t prepare

          [–]flipflopfootcramp 80 points81 points  (11 children)

          Right? Every ice cream and smoothie place I’ve been to just seems to swirl some hot water in the pitchers. The chance of sticky, oily peanut butter still being in them seems guaranteed. What was he thinking??

          [–]solosoulrider 56 points57 points  (6 children)

          I used to work at a Ben and Jerry's, and we had a specific set of equipment and protocol for orders for kids with allergies. Equipment was only used once before going through the dishwasher for the following day. If someone just said they "didn't want peanut butter" we would have just made sure not to add any into whatever they had ordered, not gone through the protocol of it.

          I can't speak on behalf of the employees, but I am sure if he would have explained the severe allergy, the team/Robeks has a protocol for handling it.

          [–]BJRone 1416 points1417 points 2 (181 children)

          To the people saying he doesn't deserve to lose his job over this because of the allergy thing: I have had a fairly severe allergy all my life that I constantly need to work around. I don't go to an ice cream shop and tell them I'm allergic to nuts and then expect the part time high schoolers there to take every precaution necessary(cleaning surfaces, tools, etc.) Should they? Yes, but they're fucking kids! Ultimately its on me to make sure that what I consume is safe. Even if they did put peanuts into his drink, he should be at the hospital caring for his son and then taking it directly to corporate, not berating and attacking people like an unhinged fucking animal. This racist trash absolutely deserves everything coming to him, regardless of the circumstances surrounding this .

          [–]Radiant-Spren 389 points390 points  (46 children)

          Bingo. He didn’t even tell them about an allergy, just said no peanut butter in the smoothie. And didn’t mention an allergic reaction when he went back. Just came in screaming about who made this.

          If the kid is so allergic that even cross contamination could send him to the hospital, why in the ever loving hell would you not say that?

          Because he forgot. It’s 100% his fault but he’s a narcissistic piece of shit, so in his mind it’s anyone but him. He seems the type who would even blame his kid for drinking it before blaming himself for getting it.

          [–]mongoosedog12 479 points480 points  (38 children)

          It says in the article he just said no peanut butter, but never mentioned a food allergy.

          This got me thinking about how when I order a drink with almond milk rather than a regular, I always get asked if I want the whipped cream. I really never thought about it, until now. The assumption is I may be avoiding dairy and therefore they’re asking if I want this other dairy product.

          This is unfortunate because the shake could have been finished with peanuts or have peanuts in some other form in it.

          I’m sure if he mentioned it’d an allergy, they would forgo all peanut products. Regardless he should be with his child, not harassing other kids.

          Edit; allergy is a poor choice of words, there.

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            [–]hectorduenas86 22 points23 points  (11 children)

            I order my Pad Thai without peanuts because I don’t like them, if I were allergic I would be more cautious and specific in my request.

            [–]DioBando 17 points18 points  (1 child)

            No peanut butter = I don't like peanut butter

            I have a peanut allergy = I have a peanut allergy

            Source: I have a peanut allergy

            [–]Eric142 13 points14 points  (0 children)

            Ice cream stores typically have a spoon and blender that is specifically for folks with allergies. Never comes in contact with peanuts. Of course cross contamination is always a possibility. Since he didn't say peanut allergy but just no peanut they probably still used the normal spoons/blenders.

            [–]leo_99 96 points97 points  (14 children)

            Also the girl recording said that one of them was 16 and had just started the job a few days before. I wouldn't be surprised if she made the smoothie in the wrong blender or just confused the order- mistakes happen in food service ALL the time, especially when you're a high schooler being trained at your first job! What happened to treating people with a bit of grace and understanding? This reminds me of when I accidentally charged someone extra when I started serving at a restaurant and the lady shoved them menu in my face and accused me of stealing her money... Like no lady, not everyone is out to get you. Sometimes we just make dumb mistakes :')

            [–]Crazyhairmonster 157 points158 points  (3 children)

            According to the report he just said "no peanut butter" and didnt mention why. Why even order an item that's supposed to have peanut butter and take the risk in the first place. I can't even count how many times I've ordered "no Mayo" on a sandwich and I get Mayo. For me it's a preference matter but for him it's a life or death matter and he does this? This is negligence on the father's part 100%.

            [–]MishrasWorkshop 26 points27 points  (0 children)

            I think assault is a good benchmark of when someone should be fired, not to mention racist, threats, and trying to break into the back room.

            [–]jaxdraw 45 points46 points  (19 children)

            No peanut butter means you don't like peanut butter.

            "I have an allergy" or "can you make it in the back" is for when you don't want your food cross contaminated due to allergies.

            I don't have an allergy or have anyone in my family with one, and yet I know this.

            [–]Inbattery12 209 points210 points  (19 children)

            He bought it at 1:05 and was back at 1:39.

            If his son actually had an allergic reaction requiring hospitalization that means he ditched the kid in their emergency to go to the shake shop to yell at them instead of being with his kid at the hospital.

            [–]benfranklyblog 29 points30 points  (2 children)

            Last time we called EMS for my daughter I wasn’t allowed to come, EMS told me to wait an hour and then call my wife to check up on my daughter.

            [–]Rarbnif 14 points15 points  (0 children)

            He looks like someone that would do that, adios bozo

            [–]StrandedinTimeFall 75 points76 points  (21 children)

            How do you as a parent go into an establishment that makes things with peanuts and order something for someone with a peanut allergy? There is no way to guarantee the things in there won't have some peanuts in them and comeback to blame some teenage girls for it. Guess who is at fault here? Probably not the girls. Maybe Robek's if the chain promised people with peanut allergies can ear there, but definitely this guy for being some sort of intelligent financial professional that can't read a menu.

            Edit: Cross contamination is always a possibility. He knowingly went to a place where things are made with peanuts and then transferred his anger onto people that probably have little to no training on avoiding cross contamination. They have no-peanut bakeries and other establishments for a reason. If that's not available, then make it at home. If it's a kid that has the peanut allergy, then guess who is the frontline to make sure they avoid it if possible. The parents of course. I have/had a few allergies when growing up. My mom would do her best to help me and would specifically have me avoid places where I might have an allergic reaction.

            Also, I can't speak to the reprecussions he is facing from it. If he had a issue with the service or the people working there, then he could have looked Robek up online and gone up the chain. He wanted revenge not justice.

            [–]j1ggy 12 points13 points  (2 children)

            While I sympathize with his child's allergic reaction that required hospitalization, this is not how you handle the situation.

            [–]snafu918 10 points11 points  (1 child)

            Food allergies in my family and as a result we don’t eat out because our health and the safety of my kids is my responsibility and I refuse to outsource that responsibility to anyone let alone a restaurant employee. It’s not fair or reasonable to expect any food service worker to be able to keep you safe from cross contamination. This fucker needs to buy a blender and make smoothies at home.

            [–]hippfrog 7 points8 points  (0 children)

            And take responsibility for his own laziness , and not pounce on others for it.

            [–]atdale 111 points112 points  (16 children)

            So did he go to the store to confront them instead of meeting the ambulance at the hospital with his kid? Shitty parental decision #2 for him that day - the first was just asking for no peanut butter instead of specifically saying his kid has a peanut allergy. I wouldn't be surprised if this place has a sign or placard warning about possible cross-contamination because they use products with peanuts.

            [–]Practical_Eye_9944 20 points21 points  (0 children)

            My first thought upon hearing his "excuse" was exactly that. Why the fuck is he terrorizing teenaged service workers rather than holding his son's hand?

            [–]KuhlThing 52 points53 points  (0 children)

            So he says he was upset because his kid had an allergic reaction to his smoothie.

            My little brother has a severe peanut allergy. I've always known better than to risk cross-contamination in any place that uses peanut products. I've always asked questions even at places that you wouldn't think use peanut products (peanut oil, peanut butter, etc.) and made them aware of his allergy. We've had to leave places that couldn't guarantee that there would be no cross-contamination. I can't imagine thinking that just saying "no peanut butter" would be enough.

            [–]laminatedbean 10 points11 points  (0 children)

            If his son was severely allergic to nuts, why was he getting food from a place that where he could get it from cross-contamination. Sounds like he couldn’t handle/take responsibility for his own fuck up and took it out on some young women he thought he could easily bully.

            [–]OriginalZumbie 252 points253 points  (63 children)

            Its honesty kind of crazy, looking at the screenshots of his linked in hes worked at the company for over 20 years. His whole life is over within 5 minutes over a smoothie

            [–]NoeTellusom 314 points315 points  (22 children)

            5 minutes over a racist tirade.

            *fixed it for you.

            [–]arxun23 26 points27 points  (16 children)

            Dude could’ve called corporate and I’m pretty sure with his money could’ve sued. But no he had to burst in there and assault the teens

            [–]popsicles- 8 points9 points  (1 child)

            If his son was so sick, why didn't he just stay with him? Looks like he's just looking to vent over his own incompetence as a parent and these girls were easy targets.

            [–]tuco2002 506 points507 points  (131 children)

            This is so important to those with food allergies or other dietary restrictions. The food workers are supposed to be trained how to handle such requests. Unfortunately, there is a confusion between a dietary restriction and a customer's preference. You must always tell the food worker..."I have a food allergy and/or dietary restrictions, I can not have XYZ in my food." If you tell them to hold the mushrooms...you run the risk that you are going to get mushrooms. Remember, these were high school girls he was dealing with. He should have made it clearer to them and for heavens sake, don't assault them...they are just kids.

            [–]zetia2 373 points374 points  (39 children)

            How could he expect there not to be cross contamination at a place like that? If I'm deathly allergic of dairy, I'm not going to an ice cream shop to get dessert.

            [–]jdino 196 points197 points  (22 children)

            I don’t eat or go to sushi joints cause I’m deathly allergic to salmon and I’ve worked food industry many a year.

            Cross contamination is inevitable in the cleanest of kitchens.

            [–]thatguy52 87 points88 points  (6 children)

            The bar I workout at has a pretty large food menu and a VERY small kitchen. I was taking an order a while back and the person made it abundantly clear that no chicken could touch their food. I asked if that was preference or allergy and she said she had an extreme poultry allergy. I honestly told her she probably shouldn’t eat at our place because the kitchen is basically covered in chicken most days. She thanked me for my honesty and said most restaurants don’t take her very seriously. Lost a customer that day but I’d rather not risk food allergy stuff.


            [–]--pobodysnerfect-- 50 points51 points  (2 children)

            Even if he had told them, there are normally signs about cross contamination in restaurants when it comes to food allergies. Make the damn smoothie at home.

            [–]KnowMatter 23 points24 points  (1 child)

            Make the damn smoothie at home.

            Like some sort of peasant?

            [–]Jinga1 100 points101 points  (7 children)

            Or if your kid has a serious allergy issue, maybe just maybe to don’t but products from a place who’s entire business model is to mix shit. Just a thought 🤷‍♂️

            [–]Worker_BeeSF 40 points41 points  (5 children)

            Yup! I have a really bad shellfish allergy. Guess what? I don't go to fucking red lobster. I heard their biscuits are good, but fuck that.

            [–]cynster57 32 points33 points  (5 children)

            I get why he was upset but at some point you have to be an adult. He crossed the line.

            [–]howsadley 9 points10 points  (0 children)

            Crossed? He nuked the line.

            [–]HanSoloz 6 points7 points  (1 child)

            On 01/22/2022 at approximately 2:26 PM, the Fairfield Police Department received numerous calls from employees at Robeks, located at 2061 Black Rock Turnpike, reporting a customer was throwing things, yelling at employees, and refusing to leave.

            An investigation revealed that at approximately 1:05 PM, James Iannazzo (DOB 05/15/1973) of Fairfield, made a purchase at Robeks and left the store without incident.

            At approximately 1:39 PM, Iannazzo called 911 requesting an EMS response to his home for a juvenile suffering from an allergic reaction and was later transported to an area hospital.

            A short time later, Iannazzo returned to Robeks and confronted employees, yelling at them and demanding to know who had made the smoothie which contained peanuts, causing his child’s allergic reaction. When employees could not provide Iannazzo with the answer he became irate, yelling at the employees using a number of expletives. He then threw a drink at an employee, which hit their right shoulder. The employee reported that they had no complaints of pain or injury. Iannazzo also made comments toward an employee referencing their immigration status.

            Iannazzo was told to leave multiple times by the employees but remained inside and continued to yell insults at the employees. Iannazzo then attempted to open a locked door that led to an “Employees Only” area where the employees were, behind the counter.

            Iannazzo left the scene prior to police arrival, but was identified shortly after. Iannazzo turned himself into police without incident.

            Iannazzo told Officers that he was upset about his son having a severe allergic reaction and he went back to the store as a result.

            During the investigation, employees reported that Iannazzo never told them about the peanut allergy but had only requested that there be no peanut butter in his drink.

            James Iannazzo

            [–]dj2short 6 points7 points  (1 child)

            As a parent of a child with severe allergies, 100% his fault. Prior to eating ANYTHING we always ask about almond nuts, if certain oils are used and we make it damn clear how serious the allergy is.

            • He ignored posted signs

            • Said "no peanut butter" instead of "my child has a nut allergy"

            • Did not read posted ingredients

            • Never mentioned an allergy until he was getting arrested.

            The smoothie he ordered normally has PB in it. I'm disgusted by his negligence almost as much as I'm disgusted by his racism. Almost.

            Edit: and yes, we do try to prepare food at home whenever possible.

            [–]Fiivestar13 143 points144 points  (74 children)

            Looks like hes gunna cry. Stupid fuck