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Pink's Hot Dogs Robbed At Gunpoint

First Posted: 06/05/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

Pinks Robbery

Pink's Hot Dogs, a beloved Los Angeles institution or tourist trap nightmare depending on whom you ask, was hit in an armed robbery this morning. The LA Times reports:

A gunman robbed the landmark Pink's Hot Dogs early Monday, stealing a tip jar when employees were unable to open a safe, Los Angeles police said.

The thief, who was captured on surveillance video, walked up to the restaurant at the intersection La Brea Ave. near Melrose Ave. around 3:35 a.m. and demanded cash from a safe.

When employees said they could not access the money, the man stole a tip jar from the counter.

A hot dog stand, located on one of the city's busiest intersections, might strike one as an unusual choice for an armed robbery. But for those who have braved the endless lines for what ends up being pretty much just a hot dog, it might make a bit more sense.

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Filed by Billy Silverman  |