“Florida Man does dumb shit” is a special brand of news, often blending the absurd and the tragic. And today’s bitter-bonkers blend involves a man going on a beer run while carrying a five-foot alligator on his hip, then claiming complete ignorance of the whole event, tails to teeth.
Meet Florida Man, Robby Stratton.
WATCH: Florida man carries live alligator into convenience store on a beer run pic.twitter.com/oAh75M7tE0— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 29, 2018
After the video went viral, a local news team caught up with Stratton, who claimed he had no recollection of this event “at all.”
Despite his alleged amnesia, Stratton is being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission over the incident. According to Action News Jax, “He could face a fine of $5,000, or up to five years in prison.” And Stratton’s case may have gotten worse as a new video surfaced, which shows him in a gathering where another man steps on the gator, then holds it up by the neck while yelling, “Florida State, baby! Florida State, baby! Florida State, baby!”
Stratton had previously claimed he didn’t know where the gator came from. He also claimed he didn’t even think it was a real gator until AFTER he’d run around the convenience store with it. However, this video shows him explaining how he caught it. He crows, “This (expletive) had a weed eater in his hand, looked over and found him.” Stratton has since been arrested.
The fate of the gator is unknown. Stratton claims that once he realized it was a real gator, he left the convenience store and placed it in a nearby creek. I couldn’t find anywhere where he claimed to remove the tape from its mouth. So even if this repeated liar is telling the truth about the release of the gator, it’s unlikely the poor creature has seen a happy ending after his brush with the reckless Florida Man.