A 64-year-old man tried to swap an alligator for beer at a convenience store in Florida last week.
Apparently, the man, Fernando Caignet Aguilera, trapped the 4-foot alligator at a park before taking it all the way to the Santa Ana Market.
Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said that Aguilera approached the counter with the live alligator and asked for a 12-pack of beer in exchange for it.
The clerk at the store immediately contacted the Miami police who said they had never had a call of this nature. Pino said about the incident that it was an “extremely unusual situation, and a sad situation for the alligator.”
Fortunately, the alligator was unharmed and duly returned to the park by wildlife officials. It was also fortunate for the alligator thief as he wasn’t harmed in the incident either.
He has been charged with taking possession of, and trying to sell an alligator for beer. This is a second-degree misdemeanor which carries the possibility of up to six months in prison and a fine of $500.
It remains to be seen whether or not Aguilera will, in fact, receive a custodial sentence. The police, the convenience store workers, and almost everyone else are wondering just how desperate a person can be for beer.
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