A woman says she gets a $ 500 ($ 357) fine from the US Customs Department after getting a free apple when she finds a snack in an airplane in her bag
Crystal Tadlock Traveling to the US from Paris, said she saved the fruits for her onward flight to Denver.
But the apple was accidentally discovered by US border officials after their first flight landed in Minneapolis.
US Customs and Border Patrol did not comment on the case, but all agricultural articles should be explained.
The apple was issued in a Delta Air Lines plastic bag. Ms. Tadlock said she did not take them out of her bag, but put them in her luggage for the second part of her trip to Denver, Colorado.
When the apple was found, Ms. Tadlock told the agent that she had just received him from the airline and asked if she should throw it away or eat it.
Instead, the agent handed her a fine of £ 500.
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Ms. Tadlock now has the choice to pay the penalty or punish her in court. She told Denver-based broadcaster KDVR that she wanted to bring the case to court
"It's really unfortunate that someone has to go through this and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit," Tadlock said.
A spokesperson for Delta Air Lines refused to comment specifically on the incident.
However, the company made a statement stating, "We encourage our customers to follow the US Customs and Border Protection Protocols."