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Man Throws 13-Foot-Long Python At Customers In Sushi Restaurant, Police Say

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Things took a turn for the weird at a Studio City sushi restaurant when a man angrily threw his pet snake at customers.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, a man brought the roughly 13-foot-long python into Iroha Sushi of Tokyo after getting into an argument with other customers, according to CBS LA. Employees say the man had eaten and paid for his $200 meal, and was attempting to show a smaller snake to fellow customers who were not pleased with the show-and-tell. Following a dispute, the man was asked to leave the restaurant, only to return shortly with the much larger snake.

Employees say the man was shouting obscenities when he returned and proceeded to toss the python down on the ground, at which point they called the police. The man was asked several times to remove the snake. Ultimately, the snake entangled itself around the restaurant's server station and had to be removed by responding LAFD and animal control officers with the assistance of the snake's owner.

The man was then arrested and charged with "using the snake as a weapon and threatening the patrons," according to Fox 11.

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Here's a short video of the python recovery effort: