You still can’t trade a gator for beer in Florida

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MIAMI, FL – Some folks like their beer to have a little bite. And then there’s this Miami man who risked getting “bit” for his brew.

64-year-old Fernando Aguilera wasn’t going to let the fact that he was broke stop him from scoring some suds, so the thirsty man walked into a convenience store and allegedly tried to barter a live alligator for beer. Yeah, apparently gator aren’t legal tender in sunshine state. Who knew!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission claims Aguilera illegally trapped the gator, and then hoped to trade the four-foot long reptile for a 12-pack of beer. Hmm 4 for 12, pretty good exchange rate if you think about it.

Anyway the convenience store clerk, who normally takes cash or credit but not swamp creatures, wanted nothing to do with this transaction and promptly called the cops. Now Aguilera is charged with taking possession and selling a wild alligator, which is a second-degree misdemeanor for those keeping score. He faces up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

The alligator was unharmed and returned back to the wild. Hopefully this gator will grow bigger and the next time someone traps him for a drink, that person might turn out to be the main course.

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