Usually Craigslist Missed Connections posts are devoted to lost potential love connections, but not for this guy. A nameless Los Angeles man, "white, 42 years old, 5'9 and 175," is looking for another man, "white, probably in his late 20s or early 30s, stocky," who pepper sprayed him outside Intelligentsia in Silver Lake on New Year's Day. He writes,
I went to Intelligentsia in Silver Lake today around 2:00 P.M., and I took my place in line behind a man who was holding a black pitbull-looking dog on a leash … As we stood in line, his dog walked toward me and sniffed me, and I took a step back. When I looked up, the dog's owner was turned completely around, staring at me. I asked him what the matter was, and though I forget his exact words, he was offended that I was fearful of his dog. I told him, "I didn't do anything; your dog came towards me and I took a step back." "Would you do that if a black person came up to you?" he yelled. At that point, his girlfriend yelled, "Don't be a pussy," and stood in between us.
Then the man told me, "I'm pissed off and my dog is still wagging his tail," which was his way of showing me how harmless his dog is. Then he called me a fucking asshole. At that point, I asked him if he wanted to fight. I tossed my newspaper to the ground, took my glasses off, and told him to leave his dog and walk around the corner with me, and I put up my hands. Then he took out pepper spray and blasted me in the eyes and face.The cops came, but nothing really happened after that. Anyway, the pepper spray victim would like to give a big thanks to the Intelligentsia staff "who brought me water and a towel and generally seemed sympathetic — and curious about the effects of the pepper spray." He's also still looking for the guy who sprayed him. So if you know the man pictured above, do tell.
· To the man who pepper-sprayed me this afternoon - 42 (Los Angeles) [Craigslist]
· Dude Gets Pepper-Sprayed In Front of Intelligentsia, Writes About Sprayer On 'Missed Connections' [LAist]