Chicago: A man walks into a bar ... with a tiger


by Ben Brumfield, CNN

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

(CNN) -- Time to think up one of those "a man walked into a bar" jokes.

Because in a Chicago suburb, a man walked into a bar with a tiger recently.

That's right, a real tiger cub -- a fluffy baby about knee-high. And it apparently wasn't the first time.

John Basile has taken the tiger cub to Uncle Richie's Bar in Lockport, Illinois, at least one other time, reported CNN affiliate WBBM.

Police didn't think it was funny and have filed charges against Basile from disorderly conduct to possession of a dangerous animal for the latest incident.

"My concern was really for the people who frequent the downtown area," Lockport Police Chief Terry Lemming the affiliate.

The charges are all misdemeanors.

Not the first time

As Basile trotted the tiger cub down the street on February 15, it caused some rubbernecking. Some people seemed to think it was adorable.

"There were people in their cars shouting like, 'Is that a tiger? Is that a tiger?' going over the Ninth Street Bridge," Frances Escoe told the affiliate.

At least one man took a video.

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