A man in Florida caught a 4-foot alligator in a park, and instead of calling Fish and Game, he walked into the nearest convenience store and tried to trade it for beer.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and security footage recovered from the store, the man approached the counter with a live gator tucked under his arms. He tried to bargain with the clerk, who instead decided to call the cops.
“This is absolutely bizarre. I can’t imagine somebody wanting to barter a live, 4-foot alligator for a 12-pack of beer. It makes no sense to me,” said a spokesperson for the commission.
Police confiscated the gator and cited the man for illegally capturing and trying to sell an alligator.
“[The gator] was pretty much in good shape, we didn’t notice any unusual conditions on it,” said the spokesperson, who also added, “I have never experienced anything like this in 25 years in law enforcement.”
If a 25-year veteran of law enforcement in Florida hasn’t seen something, you know it’s pretty damn crazy.