A video has gone viral on TikTok this week that shows a woman assaulting a Navy sailor in a Connecticut restaurant.
In the clip, she claims that the soldier from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was fake and wasn’t wearing real Navy uniform.
It has sparked outrage amongst social media users who claim her behaviour was ‘disgusting’ and ‘horrific’.
So, who is the woman? And what actually happened?
Who is Lori Desjardins?
Lori Desjardins is allegedly the name of the woman from Connecticut who has gone viral after she slapped a Navy sailor at a pizzeria in Berlin, Connecticut.
Berlin Police said in a statement that they initially didn’t know the identity of the woman in the video, but have now received “many tips” from the public who claim to have uncovered her name as Lori Desjardins.
Social media users say that she works at the American healthcare company Aetna.
Woman slaps Navy sailor in viral video
This week, a video was posted to TikTok that shows Lori assaulting a Navy sailor called Sean Nolte Jr. at Central Pizza in Berlin.
The clip, which was originally posted on TikTok, shows the woman hurling verbal abuse at him and claiming he is a fake soldier who is wearing a fake Navy uniform.
“This is disgusting. Disgusting you f***ing pice of sh*t,” she shouts whilst the person filming asks her to leave before she has to call the police.
She then asks the sailor to “show his uniform” and shouts: “That’s not a uniform. You disgrace the US. Disgrace the USA you f***ing piece of sh*t.”
Sailor shares his side of the story on Facebook
Sean Nolte Jr. took to Facebook following the events to share his side of the story.
“Tonight has been eventful to say the least…. I went to get a bite to eat off-base at a local pizza spot. As my friend is standing talking to her family; who currently owns this pizza spot, a woman walks in and is constantly staring back at me,” he wrote.
He then said that he smiled back, and the woman proceeded to walk in and out of the restaurant multiple times before sarcastically saying “nice smile” to which he replied: “Thank you, have a nice day ma’am.”
“Not even 30 seconds later she comes marching back in, and yells at the Pizzeria staff ‘He is a fake by the way, my husband is in the Army….’ you can probably assume the rest,” he continued.
Sean then said that he pulled out his Military ID card to prove he wasn’t a fake, but she then showed him her “dependent military ID” and said it should look the same.
Remaining professional, he said “tell your husband thank you for his service for me, and have a nice day” and she stormed out the restaurant but quickly returned and proceeded to scream at him, pull his clothes and slap him.
“Being in uniform, I must maintain professionalism, so I stand there and proceed to wish her a nice day…. Well, looks like some of our own people can’t recognize authenticity when they see it,” he concluded.
Acting Chief of Berlin Police Chris Ciuci said in a statement: “The investigation is ongoing and when probable cause is developed, we will apply for an arrest warrant.”
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