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A Deranged Man Threw a 13-Foot Python at Customers in a Sushi Restaurant

The Los Angeles Fire Department and Animal Services had to save diners from a terrifyingly long and yellow python.
Photo via Flickr user Torkild Retvedt

The customary overpayment on restaurant bills we call tipping is a way of recognizing the hard work of those whose job it is to serve us food and drinks. Although they're usually offered in the form of money, other types of tips have been made in the form of gold, cocaine, and even threesomes.

Conversely, there are also methods of showing one's disappointment, usually via an insultingly low tip. But one thing is for sure; Servers are not out of the woods once the meal is over, especially not when a disgruntled customer decides to leave a 13-foot yellow python behind to show his disappointment.

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Yet, that was the method chosen by exotic animal enthusiast and pet store owner Hiroshi Motohashi earlier this week after dropping $200 on sushi at Iroha Sushi of Tokyo in Studio City, California, according to KCBS-TV.

Motohashi reportedly became irate after showing off a small serpent to unenthusiastic diners who evidently did not share his passion for snakes, and probably just wanted to eat sushi without being eaten.

But instead of backing off, Motohashi cranked up the crazy meter and returned with a huge yellow python. The 13-footer was not just for show though; Motohashi threw it on the floor and promptly bounced from the sushi establishment.

"Get this thing out! You know, everyone's like eating so customers are yelling, 'Get this thing out! Are you crazy?'" Jessie Davaadorj, a waitress at the restaurant told KCBS. "We asked him like three or four times and he said, 'no.' He was like starting fights with the customers so we had to call the police and fire department," Sissi Dashtort, another waitress, said.

In what must have been a terrifying few minutes for restaurant patrons, the unsupervised yellow python slithered its way across the restaurant all the way to the cash register before being captured by the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Animal Services.

This is not Motohashi's first reptilian offence. In 1997, he was sentenced to 15 months for selling Gila monster lizards, venomous lizards, and yellow-spotted sideneck turtles without permits.

The two snakes involved with the Iroha Sushi of Tokyo incident have been s-s-s-s-seized by city officials.