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Tue Jan 25, 2022, 11:26 AM

CT man charged with intimidation based on bigotry or bias loses job

The Fairfield Police Department arrested a local man accused of yelling and throwing things at employees of Robeks after his son was hospitalized for an allergic reaction to a drink purchased there. The police charged James Iannazzo, 48, of Fairfield with intimidation based on bigotry or bias, breach of peace and criminal trespass after employees of the smoothie franchise on 2061 Black Rock Turnpike complained on Saturday afternoon that he was throwing things, yelling at them and refusing to leave.

A police spokesman said the department investigation showed that Iannazzo bought a smoothie at about 1 p.m. and left without incident. About a half hour later, Ianazzo called 911 and reported that a child at his home was suffering an allergic reaction. The child, Iannuzzo’s son, was taken to an area hospital by ambulance, police said.

“A short time later, Iannazzo returned to Robeks and confronted employees, yelling at them and demanding to know who had made the smoothie that contained peanuts, causing his child’s allergic reaction,” a statement from police said. “When employees could not provide Iannazzo with the answer, he became irate, yelling at the employees using a number of expletives.” Police said Iannazzo threw a drink at one employee, hitting the employee in the right shoulder. The police said the employee reported that she was not injured. Iannuzzo also “made comments toward an employee referencing their immigration status,” the police said.

Iannuzzo told the police he was upset about his son having a severe allergic reaction and went back to the store as a result.
Iannazzo’s attorney, Frank J. Riccio Jr., said “He is not a racist individual and deeply regrets his statements and actions during a moment of extreme emotional stress.”

Iannuzzo, a Merrill Lynch financial advisor, was fired after the incident.


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Tue Jan 25, 2022, 11:29 AM

1. When your kid has a nut allergy,

It's stupid to buy them fast food.

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Tue Jan 25, 2022, 12:10 PM

2. Disagree entirely

McDonald's is actually quite good about peanut allergies. We just don't order things like the McFlurry. Mini-unblock has a severe peanut allergy but we've never had a problem other than the first day we found out.

They have a pretty regimented process for preparing food and the unsafe allergens aren't generally in the fryer or on the grill, so we're good. Of course, we always take epipens and Benadryl with us just in case.

Actually, it's the proper restaurants that are more of a concern. We have to interrogate the manager to know if it's safe, we have to inspect the entire menu to know what questions to ask (I see you have a pecan-crusted fried snapper here, does that go in the same fryer as the one you use for French fries? E.g.)

Now, I certainly would never order something that normally comes with peanut butter and just say "no peanut butter please", certainly not without stressing the importance of getting this particular order correct....

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