Chicago TV Anchor Wrestles With Alligator Story

A Miami man captured a small alligator, took it to a store and offered to trade it for a 12-pack. His attempt made news on Chicago TV, where an anchor tried to tell the story. Instead, he started laughing uncontrollably.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A Miami man tried to join the barter economy. He captured a small alligator, took it to a store, offered to trade it for a 12-pack. His attempt made news on Chicago TV, where the anchor tried to tell the story.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHICAGO TV NEWSCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED BROADCASTER: He tried to trade it for beer. (Laughter)

INSKEEP: But had to pause 44 seconds, laughing.

UNIDENTIFIED WEATHERMAN: I think he's lost it.

UNIDENTIFIED BROADCASTER: (Laughter)

INSKEEP: The weatherman tried to help the anchor, asking: What would Ron Burgundy do?

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