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Jilted Probational Employee Busted Harassing Scarsdale Bakery Owners

Lulu Cake Boutique in Scarsdale.
Lulu Cake Boutique in Scarsdale. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Police intervention was required at a Scarsdale bakery after a former employee began harassing people at the location after being turned down for a job.

Last week, the Scarsdale Police Department received a report from the store owners of LuLu’s Cake Boutique on Garth Road, who stated that they were being harassed by 20-year-old Daniel Baruch, who had been on the staff during a three-day probationary period beginning on Sept. 27 to see if the two were a good fit to work together.

According to police, while he was working, the owners said Baruch made multiple female managers uncomfortable by flirting with them and discussing “date rape and other sexual innuendos."

When the probational period was up and Baruch was due to return back to work at the bakery, the owners informed him he would not be hired permanently and after he was let go, Baruch “became enraged and then started to become belligerent towards himself and the rest of the staff before he left.”

Several hours after he was fired, police said that Baruch returned to the bakery and began “stalking it,” calling the female employees “fat pigs,” and using homophobic slurs to insult other employees. When asked to leave, he did so, “reluctantly.”

On Oct. 5, Baruch returned to the store - despite being told never to return - and left a newspaper out front with a disparaging message regarding an owner, his family and the bakery. Police said that “this third incident shows a repeated course of conduct that is aimed to seriously annoy and alarm (the bakery owners) and which had no legitimate purpose.”

Police were subsequently dispatched to Baruch’s Webster Road home, where he was arrested and charged with harassment. He was released on his own recognizance after speaking with his mother, who is an attorney, and is due back in court on Wednesday to answer the charge. An Order of Protection was also issued for the bakery owners.

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