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Woman Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail Because Her and Her Kids Collected Conch Shells – Free Thought Project
A Texas mother was sentenced to 15 days in jail because her and her children were collecting conch shells while on vacation in Florida.
Key West, FL — Families from all over the country are flocking to America’s coasts this summer to soak up some sunshine, drink margaritas, and play in the surf. Thousands of these families will collect seashells as well. One Texas woman’s desire to collect conch shells, however, has landed her a two week stint in a Florida jail.
Diana Candelario Fiscal-Gonzalez, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested this week after a neighbor near her rented beach house called police when she saw her and her children collecting conch shells.
Fiscal-Gonzalez clearly did not know the conchs were protected and was gathering them to give out as gifts to her friends back home. However, when a “see something say something” citizen spotted the evil shell-collecting mother, they reported her to the police.
Yes, collection of the Queen Conch in Florida is illegal because they are a protected species. However, instead of simply telling the otherwise innocent woman that the shells were illegal and she could be fined or arrested for collecting them, this model citizen felt it necessary to involve the force of the state.
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