Customers in a Los Angeles sushi restaurant had a more exciting evening than they likely expected when their meal was interrupted by a 13-foot-long Burmese python.
Hiroshi Motohashi had paid for a $200 meal at Sushi of Tokyo on Sunday evening when he allegedly showed off a small snake he had with him to other diners, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The 46-year-old was told to take the snake outside, and he did... but he quickly returned with a much larger reptile, NBC Los Angeles reported.
"[Expletive], you guys," he allegedly said, and dropped the snake on the floor in the middle of the restaurant and left, Lt. Jim Gavin told the Times.
That set off chaos in the sushi place.
“Get this thing out! You know, everyone’s like eating so customers are yelling, ‘Get this thing out! Are you crazy,’” waitress Jessie Davaadorj told CBS Los Angeles.
CBS reported that at some point before throwing the snake in the restaurant, Motohashi stopped in the parking lot to show the reptile off to a group of kids.
The Times said that once in the restaurant, the snake crawled behind the cash register and got stuck, but was eventually taken by animal control officers.
Motohashi was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats, ABC Los Angeles said.
The restaurant said this was a first for them.
“He was the only customer who brought a giant snake,” waitress Sissi Dashtort told CBS Los Angeles.