An Army Ranger was on holiday in the depths of Louisiana, where he tried to buy some Alligator shoes.
However, he was not prepared to pay the high prices. After failing to haggle the vendor down to a reasonable price level,
he ended up shouting "I don't give two hoots for your shoes, man, I'll go and kill my own!"
The shopkeeper replied: "By all means. Just watch out for the two Marines who are doing the same.
"So the Ranger went out into the Bayou, and after a while saw two men with spears, standing still in the water. "They must be the two Marines," he thought.
Just at that point he noticed an alligator moving in the water towards one of them.
The Marine stood completely passive, even as the gator came ever closer.
Just as the beast was about to swallow him, the Marine struck home with his spear and wrestled the gator up onto the beach, where several already lay.
Together the two Marines threw the gator onto its back, whereupon one exclaimed "Damn! This one doesn't have any shoes either!"