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Gator-trade: Man tried to swap alligator for beer

Police in Miami say a man caught this alligator in a park, then tried to trade it for beer at a convenience store; he was arrested on wildlife charges (the alligator was released) CBS Miami

MIAMI – A Florida man captured an alligator at a park…put it in a box…and tried to trade it for some beer.

What part of that don’t you get?

As CBS Miami tells it, a clerk at the Santa Ana Market in Allapattah was recently approached by a customer asking to buy some beer.

The customer was 64-year-old Fernando Caignet Aguilera.

“In my mind, I was trying to get some beer because I didn’t have no money. So I said, let me try the alligator,” is how Aguilera put it.

“I just picked it up…,” Aguilera continued. “I seen it here in the grass and I tied it up.”

He elaborated:  “I’m not scared (of the alligator),” Aguilera said. “I took it.”

Aguilera said it was the first alligator he ever caught in his life and he didn’t know it was illegal.

It was.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cited “alligator Dundee” for three different charges related to illegally capturing the critter.  FWC officers eventually released the gator back into the wild.

Aguilera told CBS Miami, “I wanted a Corona.”

Wrasslin’ gators a man can work up a powerful thirst.

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