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Colorado woman facing $500 fine for saving airline snack

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A Colorado woman says she's facing a $500 fine from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol after she saved a free apple she received from an airline on her way home from Paris.

Crystal Tadlock said flight attendants on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris handed out apples in plastic bags near the end of the flight. Tadlock said she wasn't hungry at the time, so she tossed the snack in her bag, to eat during the second leg of her trip home.

When she went through Customs, her bag was randomly searched. The Customs agent pulled out the apple. Tadlock explained she got the apple on her flight and asked if she could throw it out or eat it. She was given a $500 ticket instead.

"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 told KDVR-TV in Denver.

Delta released a statement about the situation, saying, "we encourage our customers to follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection protocols."

A spokesperson for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol issued their own statement on the matter, "Privacy policy prohibits CBP from discussing the details of any individuals specific inspection, however all agriculture items must be declared." 

Tadlock says she plans to fight the fine in court.

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