Posted By: Camila Orti
Customers at Hiro 88 got a whiff of something suspicious Saturday night after a man dropped a stink bomb and left.
Manager Charlie Yin says the smell was overwhelming.
"It stinks, if you can imagine dropping a rotten egg on the floor," Yin said.
Yin says staff of the West Haymarket sushi restaurant noticed a strong odor around 10 p.m.
"We started walking around, found ourselves in one of our dining rooms and realized that the smell was coming from somewhere in the room," Yin said.
The source was a smashed vial under a table where three patrons were sitting moments before.
While going through the security footage, Yin says he noticed suspicious activity from the three men sitting there, like handing each other things underneath the table.
After paying the tab, the video shows one man reaching under the table. Then, all three get up to leave shortly before the stink bomb was found.
Yin says this is something you might expect of teenagers, but not of grown men.
"We've dealt with our fair share of petty thefts, broken windows, but I think the reason that this specific crime hit home was they went out of their way to ruin other people's evenings," Yin said.
He says a few customers complained of the smell but nobody left because of it, and the smell cleared up after a few minutes.
Yin didn't contact police but did put the security footage on Hiro 88's Facebook page, hoping to prevent the stink bomber from striking again.