A Miami man was short on cash and craving a Corona when he saw his cold-blooded currency crawling around at a park.
Fernando Aguilera captured the four-foot gator, tied it up and plopped it into a cardboard box.
Then he headed to an Allapattah convenience store to do some business: offering the reptile for a 12-pack of beer.
Needless to say, the owner didnt go for the deal, said Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Owner Javier Herrera recognized the customer, who frequently comes in to buy booze at the store.
I told him to get out of here, man, Herrera said, adding he didnt want customers to see an alligator at his store.
Aguilera didnt get his beer, and he lost the gator, too. Someone called the cops.
The last time someone tried to sell Florida wildlife in the urban jungle? More than four years ago, when two men tried to profit from a five-foot shark and carried it onto a Metromover train. The shark was later found dead on an Overtown street.
Aguilera tried to strike his deal around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 10 when he carried the alligator into the Santa Ana Market, 3000 NW 12th Ave., and attemped to pay for beer with the animal.
Aguilera told Miami Herald news partner CBS 4 that hed never caught an alligator before, and he didnt know he was doing anything illegal.
Im not scared of the alligator, he said.
Miami police arrived first before turning things over to the wildlife cops.
Aguilera was cited for three misdemeanor charges, including possession and trying to sell wildlife.
Pino said its foolish for just anyone to handle a gator.
This gentleman is lucky the alligator didnt take a chunk out of his hand.