A $500 fine has been dropped against a traveler who attempted to bring in an apple to the USA she was given as part of a Delta pre-arrival snack.
As I wrote about in April, Crystal Tadlock was on a Delta flight from Paris back to the States. She was given an apple onboard, which we she did not consume. Instead, she stuffed it into her bag and attempted to bring it into the U.S. so she could have a snack on her connecting flight.
She was caught and fined $500, even though the apple was wrapped in plastic with a Delta logo on it. Her Global Entry privilege was also revoked.
It didn’t sound right. It sounded excessive. I found myself kind of offended that there would be a $500 fine for an apple wrapped in plastic from Delta.
Perlmutter “met with a group from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the U.S. Department of Agriculture”. At the conclusion of the meeting, per the Congressman’s request, the fine against Tadlock was dropped. Her Global Entry was also restored.
Tadlock, understandably, was happy. She told Fox 31:
Fight the good fight. Do what you think is right. I got my fine dropped and my Global Entry back. That’s all I wanted and all I asked for.
I’d say it differently. Be thankful for mercy, because you broke the law and deserved to be fined. Next time, follow the rules and there will be no problems.
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