A Florida Tech man armed with a broken mop barged into Residence Life’s Casino Night on Friday in search of cheese pizza.
Brendon Shupp, a computer science junior, went wild inside the SUB while trying to find pizza for his dinner.
At the time, Casino Night was happening on the second floor of the building and, seeing the cafe was closed, the student went there to try to find pizza.
“I asked the people at the front check-in table if they had pizza, but they were busy with other attendees,” Shupp said.
Students at the event wore formal attire and played a variety of card games, such as Blackjack and Craps, which Shupp said was confusing.
At the entrance, there was a table of fruit and appetizers for everyone to eat, but no entrees were available.
“This is the type of food we usually serve every year at Casino Night,” a resident director at the check-in table said. “Other foods would be a mess to clean off from the tables and I’m sure students wouldn’t like messy clothes either.”
Shupp grabbed a bag of chips in rage and began confronting the volunteers to demand pizza.
“I told him that we just have colorful drinks here,” a volunteer at the bar said after being held hostage.
Shupp grabbed a Swiffer mop behind the bar and began chasing the volunteers and students who were playing at the games tables.
The resident directors chased Shupp in an attempt to restrain him but he escaped down the stairs in the back of the lobby room.
Shupp went back to the entrance of the SUB and asked the FITV photo booth about the nearest place for pizza.
Alessandro Bonaiuto, a biology sophomore and a friend of Shupp, said he told Shupp that pizza was usually served at the Rat.
“I was in a panic,” Bonaiuto said. “I didn’t want him to come at me with the mop.”
Despite Bonaiuto’s efforts to calm the situation, Shupp began swinging the mop around the FITV group. He broke some of the equipment at the photo booth, resulting in the mop being snapped in half.
Eleanor Mathers, a senior in strategic communication, was walking by the SUB when Shupp saw that she had pizza.
“It was insane,” Mathers said. “Some guy started chasing me with a broken Swiffer thing and was screaming ‘PIZZA!’ while I tried to get away. He stole my shoe!”
Mathers chased Shupp down to the Rat and directed his attention to the pizzas on the menu.
Shupp dropped the mop and exchanged Mathers’ shoe for currency in buying the pizza.
The cashier declined the offer and Security caught Shupp at the scene after a complaint from the Casino Night.