The Connecticut financial adviser who was arrested and fired for launching an alleged racist tirade at a smoothie shop is being inundated with bad reviews online.
James Iannazzo, 48, received more than 1,000 1-star ratings on Google after he was filmed throwing a smoothie at a teenage employee and calling her a ‘fucking immigrant’ in a wild scene at Robeks in Fairfield.
“I would give zero stars if I could. Enjoy being in the unemployment queue while the ‘immigrants’ make their money here,” one reviewer said.
“So wish I was there to help. What a great man, yelling at 3 or 4 schoolgirls,” one reviewer wrote, while another said, “Horrible guy! Thank god he lost his job. Dominant those girls! Disgusting.”
Another one star review said, “I would give it a zero but my only option is a 1. Stinky.”
The reviews appear on Google’s main search results for Iannazzo’s name, where he is listed as a financial consultant. They appear next to a business address in Stamford that is linked to Iannazzo and several other brokers linked to Merrill Lynch.
Iannazzo was fired from his job as managing director at Merrill Lynch after footage began going viral of the wild encounter at the Robeks just before 2.30pm on Saturday.
He reportedly launched into a profanity-filled tirade in the store when employees couldn’t tell him who made the smoothie.
Iannazzo addressed the controversy on Monday, saying in a statement that he visited the store after his 17-year-old son suffered “life-threatening anaphylactic shock” and was hospitalized after drinking a smoothie the father gave him bought.
The father insisted he told staff his son had a severe nut allergy when he ordered the drink – despite staff telling cops the father had just asked for no butter of peanut.
Iannazzo, who turned himself in to cops after the incident, said his actions were “wrong and I deeply regret them”.
He was charged with intimidation based on bigotry or bias, breach of the peace and criminal trespass.