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Angry Diner Throws a 13-Foot Python Snake Inside LA Sushi Restaurant

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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.

An irate man with an axe to grind at Iroha Sushi of Tokyo in Studio City apparently took his anger out in one exceedingly unusual way: by throwing a 13-foot python on customers.

In what sounds like a story straight out of a cartoon, but actually happened at one of Los Angeles’ best inexpensive sushi restaurants, the arrested assailant decided to throw the scary yellow reptile on diners after management had previously asked him to take another, smaller snake outside the restaurant.

CBS LA has the full story and a video, saying the man had actually already eaten and paid for a $200 meal at Iroha and was impressing some kids outside in the parking lot with the long snake, but was rebuffed when he attempted to bring the show inside. The rebuked man became enraged, ultimately returning with the python and throwing it around the room to scare customers and workers alike.

Ultimately no one was hurt in the fracas and the man was quickly arrested. As police arrived on the scene, the accused was actually trying to corral his snake for a getaway, but the thing had become stuck after attempting to slither off. He’s being charged with making criminal threats.

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