Mar 28, 2016

    Man releases giant snake into eatery after tiff


    SOMETIMES when you get into an argument with the staff at a sushi restaurant, you just want to go back and set a giant snake loose.

    Well, that is what Hiroshi Motohashi is accused of doing.

    The 46-year-old tucked into US$200 (S$274) worth of food at the popular Iroha Sushi Of Tokyo eatery in Los Angeles' Studio City neighbourhood, local media reported.

    But when diners noticed that he was dining with a guest - a very small snake - management argued with him and Motohashi marched out, reports said.

    "The suspect left the location and then he returned with a large snake, probably between 10 feet and 13 feet (3m and 4m)," police spokesman Aareon Jefferson said of the incident last week.

    "He released the snake in the restaurant, the police were notified and the suspect was arrested for criminal threats, which is a felony."

    Diners squealed and fussed but no one was injured.

    Motohashi's bail was set at US$50,000.