A Colorado woman received the most expensive free snack of her life while aboard an airline on the way home from Paris. Crystal Tadlock says she got an apple from the airline while on a return flight to Colorado, but when she got home U.S. Customs and Border Patrol tried to fine her $500.
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Tadlock said, "The violation is for one apple. It's really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit." The Colorado native said the apple was given to her by a Delta flight attendant near the end of her flight home from Paris.
"I wasn't hungry at the time, so I jammed it in my carry-on," Tadlock said. She was in for a rude awakening when she went through customs and her bag was randomly searched. The customs agents pulled out the plastic pouch with the apple inside the Delta flight attendant had given her. "He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive. And I said yeah… I didn't really get why he was asking that question. And then he said it's about to get a lot more expensive after I charge you $500," Tadlock said.
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The costly ordeal has frustrated Tadlock who says that Delta shouldn't have handed out the apples or at the very least warned passengers they could be fined if they take the apples off the plane. "I understand the laws and the department of agriculture doesn't want certain insects in the US. But once again, the apple is from Delta and I think that's the most important part of this story," she said.
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CRAZY AS IT SOUNDS .
America's Ag areas have suffered insect infestations that have cost 10's of Billions over the last 20 years. … and guess who in the long run ends up paying for the short supply and same demand?
Right Joe/Jane Average.
While some the younger readers won't remember the Mediterranean fruit fly effect on California and Florida and other large AG areas. The damages and eradication costs have ran into over $1 Billion already since someone brought in a contaminated piece of fruit.