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No, You Can't Trade a Live Alligator for Beer

At least one Florida liquor store doesn't consider reptiles to be valid currency.

by: Ted Alvarez

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photo: PhillipC / Flickr. http://bit.ly/1cMQwil. no change.

We all know the feeling of beer desperation. It’s hot; you’ve just emerged from the trail, covered with sweat and toil, and you’re eager to celebrate wilderness victory with suds, stat. What would you offer for a cold one? $20? Trade in your wedding ring? Maybe your truck?

If you said “barter with a live alligator,” I’m going to stop you right there, since a Miami man just tried it and it didn’t work.

The Associated Press reports that on Dec. 10, Florida wildlife officials cited the man for illegally capturing a 4-foot alligator at a nearby park and attempting to trade it for a 12-pack of beer at a Miami convenience store. Miraculously, the gator was “in pretty good shape” and released back into the wild.

You want video? Oh, there is video, courtesy of NBC Miami:



I’ve never looked at a giant reptile and thought “there goes a twelver of Natty Light, just paddling away from me,” but thanks to this unknown gentleman, now I will.

Read more: Associated Press


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