Man tries trading gator for beer

MIAMI (WFLX) - A barter like none you've seen before!

Wildlife officials are puzzled after a man tries to buy a 12 pack of beer with a live alligator.

Santa Ana Market's surveillance videos were rolling when Fernando Aguilera came into the Miami convenience store, holding a four-foot gator, and wanting to make a deal.

"I think that is so stupid. He came here to trade an alligator for a beer," said Evelyn Siderman. "What is he thinking?"

It is pretty obvious what he is thinking. Aguilera is serious and bargaining hard.

The bottom line: the gator for a 12 pack -- no brand specified.

It probably sounded like a fair trade for the guy trying to peddle the gator for beer, but the store owner says no way. "I have never experienced anything like this in 25 years of law enforcement," said Officer Jorge Pino. "I am glad it worked out the way it did. The store owner had the common sense to refuse that barter, contacted authorities, and we returned the gator to its natural habitat."

It's against the law to harass, feed or touch alligators. Aguilera now knows you can't trade them for beer, as well.

Aguilera is now facing three felony charges.

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