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Cow's End Owner Gets Finger Bitten Off in Venice Cafe Fight

The digit-stealing transient is under arrest.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Kleptomaniac Beverly Hills pizza customers aren’t the only ones stealing tips these days. According to LAist, a young transient attacked a Venice cafe owner over the weekend, biting off the tip of his left ring finger.

Unfortunately for him, the resale value for the ends of fingers is essentially nil. In fact, it’s going to cost the unnamed homeless man quite a bit, as customers inside the Cow’s End Cafe came to owner Clabe Hartley’s assistance and held down the angry gnasher until police could arrive. That likely means quite a lengthy sentence behind bars.

As for Cow’s End owner Hartley, LAist seems to report that he’s taken the whole thing more or less in stride. While doctors were unfortunately unable to reattach the missing digit, Hartley still refuses to point finger(s) at the beachy neighborhood and its penchant for attracting the occasional oddball. "I would not live anywhere else on this planet," he says.