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Dude Gets Pepper-Sprayed In Front of Intelligentsia, Writes About Sprayer On 'Missed Connections'

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A dude took to Craigslist's "Missed Connections" to get in touch with someone he'd like to see again: the man who pepper-sprayed him in front of Intelligentsia in Silver Lake.

The poster, who remains unnamed, writes that the incident took place on New Year's Day around 2 p.m. in front of the coffee shop while he was standing in line to order. A stocky man's pitbull sniffed him, and then the poster took a step back, which offended the owner. That's when things spiraled out of control.

The Craigslist poster writes what happened next:

"Would you do that if a black person came up to you?" he yelled. At that point, his girlfriend yelled, "Don't be a pussy," and stood in between us. Then the man told me, "I'm pissed off and my dog is still wagging his tail," which was his way of showing me how harmless his dog is. Then he called me a fucking asshole. At that point, I asked him if he wanted to fight. I tossed my newspaper to the ground, took my glasses off, and told him to leave his dog and walk around the corner with me, and I put up my hands. Then he took out pepper spray and blasted me in the eyes and face.
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When the police arrived, the pepper-spray victim realized there wasn't much he could do because he was the one who threatened the dog owner. Police told him that the sprayer had a "psychological" medical condition that led to him feeling threatened. He added:

Since I challenged him to the fight, I guess he was legally within his right to pepper-spray me. It's still frustrating, though, because this guy picked a fight with me, used twisted logic to accuse me of racism, and called me a "fucking asshole" - and his girlfriend told me not to be a "pussy," yet when I called his bluff, he whipped out the pepper spray and blasted away. Happy New Year.

LAist got in touch with an Intelligentsia barista who confirmed that the pepper-spray incident happened, but he didn't offer any more details. Our poster writes that the bystanders and baristas were gracious and "brought me water and a towel and generally seemed sympathetic - and curious about the effects of the pepper spray."