A Florida man tries to barter gator meat for a case of beer, and we wonder what took so long for a story like this to surface.
64-year-old Fernando Caigent Aguilera tried to exchange the four-foot-long gator for a 12-pack of beer at the Santa Ana Market in Miami.
The store’s surveillance video showed Aguilera placing the alligator on the store counter and trying to make an offer.
Aguilera spoke with CBS Miami after the incident. “I want a Corona, because the alligator is so beautiful,” he said.
After failing to barter with the store clerk and other customers, the store’s employees called the police.
Police and Fish and Wildlife officers responded to the call and took the gator unharmed.
They cited Aguilera for illegally capturing, possessing and trying to sell a gator. Local laws prohibit the selling or bartering of alligators.
“I’ve been a cop for 25 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino.
Aguilera caught the gator in a nearby park, and tied its mouth and limbs together to prevent it from biting.
Pino said that the gator was unharmed in the incident.
Photo Credit: CBS Miami