An angry man from California, frothed up over the way management at a sushi restaurant treated him (and his pet reptile) after he spent over $200, returned with an even bigger “tip” for the staff – a 13-foot albino python. The 46-year-old man was reportedly irate after management caught him showing off a small snake to patrons and after being asked to leave. Sashimi lovers may be used to eating eel, but this belly-walking vertebrate was not on the menu.
Reports the Los Angeles Times on March 23: “Hiroshi Motohashi was angry with the management of the Studio City sushi restaurant, so police said he decided to leave something for other customers to remember him by.”
According to police reports, on Sunday evening Mr. Motohashi entered Iroha Sushi of Tokyo in the 12900 block of Ventura Boulevard. The exotic pet owner – who has had multiple run-ins with the law over his venomous friends – was showing off a small snake to some diners who were sitting down for dinner. Management intervened and kicked him out.
But Motohashi slithered back in and tossed the pet python on the floor in the middle of the restaurant, shouted a few obscenities, and stormed out all Kanye West mic-drop style. Customers were left staring at their volcano and dragon rolls while making sure their feet were tucked up underneath them.
Waitress Jessie Davaadorj said she told Motohashi to get his python out of there. “Get this thing out! You know, everyone’s like eating so customers are yelling, ‘Get this thing out! Are you crazy,’” she said.
Sissi Dashtort, another waitress, said the man refused to take the snake away. “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,” she said, according to CBS Local.
Lt. Jim Gavin of the Los Angeles Police Department said the python wedged itself in near the cash register. Animal control officers eventually came and removed the snake and are holding it, and the smaller snake, while the investigation continues. Motohashi was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.
Adds the Times: “Motohashi was convicted in 2005 in federal court of selling endangered animals and venomous lizards. He was sentenced to 15 months for selling Gila monster lizards without a permit. Along with the venomous lizards, he sold yellow-spotted sideneck turtles and San Esteban Island chuckwallas to an undercover officer in 1997… Motohashi posed as the owner of a business that was buying and selling exotic animals in Reno.”
The San Diego Upton News ran a story and a photo in 2011 about Motohashi’s pet shop. At the time, he said, “I love to educate people about the animals and let them see things they wouldn’t normally see…and I want people to see how they could take care of these animals responsibly.”
By carting them around and dropping them in random sushi restaurants evidently. Angry sushi man strikes again.